Alleged president Donald Trump became so enraged during the past week by the Russia probe into his administration’s ties to the hostile foreign government that he would occasionally scream at the television when news concerning it came on, according to one of his advisers. Trump wanted the scandal to just disappear and expected loyalty from his aides after the firing.
According to what staff members told Politico, Trump repeatedly asked aides why the allegations would not disappear and demanded they defend him publicly.
Other top officials said that they learned about the firing just before it happened and they were unaware he was even considering it. “Nobody really knew,” one senior White House official said. “Our phones all buzzed and people said, What?”
Trump ordered his private security guard to hand-deliver Comey’s termination letter, claiming that errors made in the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during the election campaign left the amateur president no choice but to dismiss him, but others have weighed in saying that the timing is suspect. Trump fired the man leading the investigation into his administration’s ties to Russia. It wasn’t just Comey. Before him, it was Preet Bharara then Sally Yates.
Trump had grown angry with the Russia investigation — particularly Comey admitting in front of the Senate that the FBI was investigating his campaign — and that the FBI director wouldn’t support his claims that President Barack Obama had tapped his phones in Trump Tower.
There has been zero evidence to back up Trump’s claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones, by the way.
Trump thought, for some reason, that his move to fire Comey would garner support from both sides of the aisle, but instead, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told him he was making a big mistake — and the former reality show star seemed “taken aback,” according to a person familiar with the call.
Schumer’s reaction prompted a tweet from Trump late last night, reading, “Cryin’ Chuck Schumer stated recently, “I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer.” Then acts so indignant. #draintheswamp”
Cryin’ Chuck Schumer stated recently, “I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer.” Then acts so indignant. #draintheswamp
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2017
Trump watched the news coverage of his decision and became frustrated that no one was on TV defending him, a White House official said. Advisers then began attacking each other for not realizing the gravity of the situation as events blew up. “How are you not defending your position for three solid hours on TV?” the White House aide said.
Aides quickly began using TV appearances to spin the firing and call for an end to the investigation. “It’s time to move on,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the deputy press secretary, said on Fox News.
But that’s not going to happen. Trump’s timing is suspect and this isn’t going away.
The Sparrow Project reports:
However, a recent court filing by the Department of Justice on behalf of the FBI in an ongoing FOIA lawsuit plainly indicates the FBI has an active investigation pertaining to Donald Trump’s actions related to actual or potential election-related hacking and espionage by Russia.
And Grand Jury subpoenas have been issued to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, the very man that Trump has repeatedly defended.
It’s only a matter of time before Trump declares that he is “not a crook!”
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