NPR straight-up labels Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey from the FBI yesterday “suspicious” and “convenient.” NPR notes that the former FBI director had just asked for more resources for the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and cahootsification with Team Trump:
Days before he was fired, Comey asked for added resources for the FBI’s Russia investigation, NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly and Geoff Bennett report.
According to two Senate aides with knowledge of the investigation, Comey met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last week to ask for significant added resources for the Russia investigation. On Monday, Comey briefed key senators about the request.
…Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told NPR’s Tamara Keith earlier on Wednesday that the reports that Comey had “requested additional resources” were “totally false” [Jessica Taylor, “Trump Defends Comey Firing as Russia Questions Continue to Swirl,” NPR, 2017.05.10].
The Articles of Impeachment against Richard Nixon adopted by the House Judiciary Committee on July 27, 1974, include this charge:
…interfering or endeavouring to interfere with the conduct of investigations by the Department of Justice of the United States, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the office of Watergate Special Prosecution Force, and Congressional Committees [Articles of Impeachment, Article 1, Point 4, House Judiciary Committee, 1974.07.27].
Legally trained radio producer Todd Epp includes a similar plank in his own draft Articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump:
- Trump has obstructed the administration of justice by his firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the investigation of possible ties among Trump, his family members, his political campaign advisors, and the government of Russia.
- Trump has obstructed the administration of justice by his firing of FBI Director Comey and other acts in preventing or slowing the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential election [Todd Epp, “Special Prrosecutor? Let’s Just Move on to Impeachment, Shall We?” KELO Radio, 2017.05.10].
Epp has predicted Trump’s first-term impeachment based on the Russia affair. I’ve resisted jumping on that bandwagon, but Trump’s canning of Comey tells me we’re there. The President has fired an FBI director who was ramping up an investigation into the President’s collaboration with foreign powers to win his office. Congress needs to stop its presses and get to the bottom of the Trump-Russia case. Trump’s firing of Comey signals that at the bottom of that case, we will find cause for impeaching the President of the United States.