Trump has fired the FBI’s director during an investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia:
The New York Times editorial: “Mr. Comey was fired because he was leading an active investigation that could bring down a president”:
Concerns have been raised about the future of the investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia:
Politico is reporting that Trump fired Comey because he was enraged about the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia:
This latest development in the Trump-Russia mess represents nothing less than a constitutional crisis. First, Trump’s campaign staff allegedly colluded with Russia to affect the outcome of the presidential election. Then, Trump publicly encouraged Russia to hack and share Clinton’s emails. Now, the president has fired the FBI director who was investigating the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia.
“This was a dark day in American history,” said legal expert Jeffrey Toobin on CNN, who predicted that Trump will now appoint one of his “stooges” to replace Comey. Trump will appoint a loyal supporter as FBI director, Toobin said, specifically to avoid investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
Toobin said Trump’s firing of the FBI director during his investigation of the Trump campaign is a “grotesque abuse of power”:
Update: Trump has admitted that he fired Comey because of the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia:
Update: The FBI’s new acting director, contradicting Trump’s claims, says morale at the FBI was very high and that he had high confidence in Comey. He also said the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia will continue and pledged to notify the Senate if Trump attempts to interfere (of course, Trump has attempted to interfere by firing Comey):
Update: A U.S. senator has recommended that Comey serve as the director of the Senate’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia:
Congress should demand, again, that a special prosecutor be selected. The prosecutor must be highly respected and independent. Toobin pointed out, however, that a special prosecutor would rely on the FBI that will be led by a loyal Trump supporter.
If the investigation is effectively blocked, we can say with certainty that our system of checks and balances has been destroyed and that the nation is without question ruled by a dictator. At that point, all Americans and the entire world should refuse to recognize Trump as president. All orders and requests by Trump should then be ignored.