So far this morning, a mixed bag. John McCain expressed frustration, disappointment, and anger at the timing — and even the decision — to fire James Comey, but Mitch McConnel — whose wife is a Trump cabinet member — said that no independent prosecutor is necessary because the Senate Intelligence committee has got this. Mike Pence approved of the “decisive” action by Trump and reiterated that there was no investigation into the POTUS. Donald Trump, meanwhile, offered only that Comey “wasn’t doing a good job,” after meeeting with a Russian diplomat.
Pool:— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) May 10, 2017
Q: Mr. President, why did you fire Director Comey?
TRUMP: "He wasn't doing a good job. Very simply. He was not doing a good job."
But if anyone actually still thinks that this was about Hillary’s emails, this should disabuse everyone of that notion.
From the NYTimes:
Days before he was fired, James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, asked the Justice Department for a significant increase in money and personnel for the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election, according to three officials with knowledge of his request.
Mr. Comey asked for the resources during a meeting last week with Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who wrote the Justice Department’s memo that was used to justify the firing of the F.B.I. director this week.
Mr. Comey then briefed members of Congress on the meeting in recent days.
Again, he asked for more funding “days” before he was fired, while Donald Trump has been trying to fire James Comey for a week. That ain’t no coincidence, and any Republican who tries to suggest that this was about Hillary’s emails again is complicit in a very incompetent, very transparent cover-up.
The gun is smoking…— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) May 10, 2017