Journalist Dan Rather took to Facebook in order to discuss Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. Like many people, Rather, was not pleased with this decision and said it would go down as a dark day in the country’s history.
‘Future generations may mark today as one of the truly dark days in American history, a history that may soon take an even more ominous turn.
‘President Trump’s sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey is a matter that should deeply concern every American, regardless of party, partisan politics or ideological leanings.
‘The independence of our law enforcement is at the bedrock of our democracy. That independence, already grievously shaken under the brief tenure of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is now shattered by uncertainty.
‘Indeed, Trump’s decision to fire Comey reflects very poorly upon him and his administration. This is an uncertain time for the American people and Trump needs to show that his administration is legitimate, but this action casts even further doubt upon it.
‘The firing of an FBI Director is always a very serious matter in normal times. But these times aren’t normal. Far from it. The Bureau is engaged in one of the most important and perilous investigations of this or any other presidency—the investigation of connections between the Trump election campaign and the Russian government.
‘The questions mount and the shadow grows darker. What were those connections? What did Mr. Trump know about them and when did he know it? How can the President explain the serious allegations against his former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn? And what is President Trump hiding in this regard? It’s imperative that the nation—We The People—get answers to those questions. It will take time, but the process must start now.
As Rather correctly points out, the FBI is not a political branch and Trump’s apparent attempts to politicize it are very dangerous. That is especially true now that the country needs to know what happened in the 2016 election.
‘A politicized FBI is the last thing we need as we struggle through the maze of lies, concealment and ever-deepening mysteries. The last time a President fired prosecutors who were investigating him was Richard Nixon during the widespread criminal conspiracy known for short as “Watergate.” We all know how that turned out. In real ways, this potential scandal and coverup are much graver. We are talking about the very security of the United States and the sanctity of our republic.’
Trump’s actions regarding Comey are not helping his cause. Instead, they are making him appear guilty and as if he has something to hide.
Rather’s full post can be seen here.
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