Back in July, I predicted that if Donald Trump were to win the election, he'd absolutely engage in Nixon-style behavior, but that it'd be greatly magnified by Trump's stupidity and incompetence, and supported by his legion of die-hard fanboys. Now, with the firing of FBI Director James Comey late on Tuesday, it appears as if Trump is orchestrating a slow-motion version of Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre in which Nixon fired two attorneys general because they each, in turn, wouldn't fire Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor investigating Watergate.
Comey is the latest in a series of top-level firings, and, not coincidentally, each fired official has had links to the investigation into whether Trump colluded with Russia to hijack the 2016 election.
There was, of course, Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general, who was fired two days after she told the White House that Mike Flynn, then-National Security Adviser to Trump, was compromised by the Russians. Later, Trump fired U.S. attorney Preet Bharara (and 46 others) soon after we learned that Bharara was investigating former Trump adviser Carter Page's Russian pals while possibly launching a separate investigation into Russian ties to the Trump Organization. And now Comey, who's been the only official to confirm publicly the existence of a probe into Trump/Russia collusion, is out.
It should be more than obvious by now that Trump is transparently attempting to kill the Russia story by getting rid of any top-level official linked to it. There's no way to describe these firings other than obstruction of justice. Another thing I've predicted for weeks now is that the closer the Russia story gets to Trump's desk, the more desperate and erratic he'll become.
And now, the day after Senate testimony was given indicating that Trump's right-hand man, Flynn, was compromised by the Russians and that he lied to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, Comey's been fired. By the way, he didn't resign -- he was terminated. Fired.
This is not normal.
Of course, Russia isn't the reason the administration cited for the firing. They're dumb, but not that dumb. It turns out Attorney General Jeff Sessions recommended the firing after looking into Comey's handling of, yes, Hillary Clinton's emails. At least, that's their excuse.
So, here's what'll likely happen next:
1) Trump could appoint Rudy Giuliani or Chris Christie or [Insert Trump Sycophant Here] to take over the FBI.
2) The FBI's Russia investigation will be killed. All of it.
3) Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, should probably lawyer up because it's likely the next FBI director will re-open the email probe.
4) Democrats will call for a special prosecutor to take over the Russia investigation, but the White House and Sessions will ignore them.
5) There's a serious chance of a constitutional crisis.
Number two is the most likely outcome -- and it's definitely the real reason why Comey was fired. Something else happened that we're not privy to, and it scared the shit out of Trump. Hence, his over-the-top Twitter reaction on Monday in which he used his own lie-filled tweet about James Clapper's testimony as his cover-photo.
Ultimately, this isn't going to end well. Trump may have sealed his own doom here, but he absolutely will not go quietly. Not a chance in hell.