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Comey’s dismissal : Trump going Nixonian way or mending Russian ties?

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James B. Comey,the F.B.I. director  was fired unexpectedly and cam e as a shock to the US  and signaled dictatorial tendencies of US President Donald Trump. Comey was addressing a group of F.B.I. employees in Los Angeles when a television in the background flashed the news that he has been fired, which he considered it as a prank.

The timing of the dismissal of FBI director James Comey coincided  with  subpoenas  issued to associates of former national security Advisor Michael Flynn as part of the ongoing  probe of Russian meddling in 2016 election and with the visit of  Russian Foreign Minister Sergey lavrov  in Washington.

Even Hillary Clinton  and Democrats blamed FBI Director Comey actions and and interference by Russian hackers for her surprise loss in the 2016 Presidential election, are furious and  termed Comey’s dismissal as “Nixonian.”

Questioning the timing of Comey’s dismissal, Democrats warned of a possible impending constitutional crisis arising out of his sudden dismissal as that amounts to dictatorial tendencies of the President.

This sudden dismissal of Comey who is a key investigator into allegations  about Russia’s influence on the 2016 U.S. election, including any “links” between Moscow and Trump campaign officials.

Senator Bob Casey said “This is Nixonian,” recalling President Richard Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre” in 1973. Nixon forced the firing of the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate campaign scandal.

Historical analogies are being referred while comparing Trump’s decisions and actions. Trump’s firing of FBI chief “is a very Nixonian move,” said John Dean,the White House counsel under Nixon.”

John further added, “This could have been a quiet resignation, but instead it was an angry dismissal.”

During her interview on May 3,Clinton attributed her 2016 election loss to : the release of campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails,which were allegedly stoilen by Russian hackers and Comey’s Oct.28 letter to Congress that he had reopened the bureau’s investigation into her use of a private email server.

On Nov. 6, two days before the election, Comey wrote again to Congress saying that the FBI had found no evidence to change its conclusion that Clinton should not face criminal charges.

The subpoenas issued by the US Attorney’s Office in Alexandria, Virginia  is the first significant escalation that FBI is aggressively moving forward with its  investigation  into the Russian meddling in the 2016 election and Moscow links with Trump campaign officials.

Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates who worked with Flynn on contracts after he was forced out as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014.

Trump announced his dismissal-just days after Comey testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election.

Trump knows that investigation into Russian influence in US elections  and links with his campaign officials isundermining his country’s security and his ratings are falling  and congressional committees have stumbled over partisanship in their own probes of Russia’s interference.

With the aggressive pace ofthe investigation,FBI  gave a very strong signal of having the strongest evidence that Trump campaign officials were in contact with Moscow officials.

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was warned by senior members of President trump’s transition team about the risks of his contacts with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak weeks before the December call that led to Flynn’s resignation.

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By : Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

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