The Stunning White House Coordination Around Comey's Firing Suggests Something Deeper Was at Work

One of the most astounding features of FBI Director's James Comey's firings—besides the news itself—was the White House coordination surrounding. The roll out included quotes from Donald Trump, the press secretary Sean Spicer, and a White House press statement. As NYT reporter Michael Schmidt noted, it's clearly been in the works for a while.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions eventually found his hook—Comey's false testimony last week about Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin's emails.

There's even a paper trail before Trump took action: A letter from Sessions (now recused from the investigation) to the pr*sident stating "a fresh start is needed at the leadership of the FBI."

And then there's the supporting paper from Trump appointee and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, now technically overseeing the Trump-Russia investigation, quoting both former Democratic and Republican officials alike calling Comey's actions into question.

C'mon, now. Something ain't right here. This is a White House that not only can't walk and chew gum at the same time—it gets the gum stuck on the bottom of its shoe, trips on the way to the bathroom, and stumbles head first into the commode. It’s the same team that invited House Intelligence chair Devin Nunes over to the White House for a little CYA on Trump's false "wire tapp" claims, only to have it blow up in their face and take down Nunes along the way.

The Trump-Russia investigation under Comey, whatever we may think of him, appears to have uniquely focused the Trump administration. Now, Sessions—the guy who recused himself from those investigations for lying about his Russia contacts—seems to have built a methodical case for firing the guy who was in charge of those investigations.

To state the obvious, nothing about that chain of events inspires confidence.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card


Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.