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 Dear President Trump,

On the advice of a person who recused himself from the investigation of your ties to Russia, you fired the guy who was investigating your ties to Russia. On the basis that he had made a mistake investigating Clinton's emails, something that you lavishly praised him for on the campaign trail.

I thought the week had started badly when you violated the laws against witness intimidation by sending threatening tweets about Sally Yates as she testified on Capitol Hill, but that's so routinely outrageous for you it barely registered on the public radar. But now you do this?

Y'know, Nixon was well into his second term before he fired Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor that was investigating him. You're... what? Less than a one hundred and ten days into your first term? And you seriously expected this was going to make everything magically Go Away?

It's entirely possible that your nominee for the next FBI director will be a lapdog who drops the FBI's investigation, and he might get the job, because there are enough senators who are willing to hold their noses and approve his nomination, because they still hold out hope that working with you is at least better than a Democrat.

But that isn't going to make the scandal, or Congress's own investigations go away. And at some point you're going to have to make the decision on whether to resign and look like a "loser", a state which you're violently allergic to, and at least get a pardon from President Pence, or stick it out and risk being the first president to be both impeached and imprisoned for his corruption.

I hate the idea of Pence being president. His own ideas are as reprehensible as yours, and he's actually a competent enough politician that some of them might become law. But at least he won't be as embarrassing.



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May. 11th, 2017 02:15 pm (UTC)
That, of course, is the wretched lose-lose of it all - if Trump's turfed out, just look what you win: a fundie with all the hate group support you could ever wish for, complete with faux "I'm only doing this because God Love You™" smile as he shafts the most vulnerable of society.

I'm not sure I'm surprised by Trump's reaction - fuming at Comey's investigation progresses, firing him, seeking justifications from the DoJ, and then calling senators in an attempt to muster support, only to find bipartisan "WTF?" - but still, it's undeniably comical in its absurdity, down to its very delivery:

Sean Spicer wrapped up his brief interview with Fox Business from the White House grounds late Tuesday night and then disappeared into the shadows, huddling with his staff behind a tall hedge. To get back to his office, Spicer would have to pass a swarm of reporters wanting to know why President Trump suddenly decided to fire the FBI director. For more than three hours, Spicer and his staff had been scrambling to answer that question. Spicer had wanted to drop the bombshell news in an emailed statement but it was not transmitting quickly enough, so he ended up standing in the doorway of the press office around 5:40 p.m. and shouting a statement to reporters who happened to be nearby. He then vanished, with his staff locking the door leading to his office.

Of course, it's going to be very interesting to see where the investigation goes next - McConnell opposes a special investigator (surprise!), but he's surely not enough of an idiot to believe people will simply accept some fawning replacement. For a case like this, it's difficult to see it actually being possible to end it at all.

Trump's elegant handling rather reminds me of the FinCon in this r/talesfromtechsupport yarn, wherein a company's financial controller decides that the best way of dealing with some imminent, unwanted AutoCad license renewals is to cancel the card and report it as stolen. But it doesn't quite end there. =:)

Edited at 2017-05-11 02:28 pm (UTC)
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