The intensifying attention surrounding an FBI investigation into President Donald Trump's Russia ties, led by then-FBI Director James B. Comey, angered Trump so intensely that he became obsessed with finding a way to fire Comey. Trump did exactly that just yesterday afternoon. Today, according to a deeply-sourced piece in the Washington Post, each time Comey appeared in public, "an ever-watchful President Trump grew increasingly agitated that the topic was the one that he was most desperate to avoid: Russia."
We still don't know why Trump is so increasingly desperate to avoid the topic of his ties to Russia. However, all of this escalating defensiveness and shock points to a coverup of something criminal and grave. The lady doth protest too much.
No fewer than 30 credible sources spoke to the Post, and Trump is described as someone who 'fumes' with rage. Believable.
From the Washington Post:
Trump had long questioned Comey's loyalty and judgment, and was infuriated by what he viewed as the director's lack of action in recent weeks on leaks from within the federal government. By last weekend, he had made up his mind: Comey had to go.
At his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., Trump groused over Comey's latest congressional testimony, which he thought was "strange," and grew impatient with what he viewed as his sanctimony, according to White House officials. Comey, Trump figured, was using the Russia probe to become a martyr.
Back at work Monday morning in Washington, Trump told Vice President Pence and several senior aides — Reince Priebus, Stephen K. Bannon and Donald F. McGahn, among others — that he was ready to move on Comey. First, though, he wanted to hear from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, his trusted confidant who soon arrived at the White House for a scheduled meeting with the president. He brought along the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, to whom Comey reported directly.
When the conversation shifted to concerns about the FBI, which both men outlined in detail, the president gave Sessions and Rosenstein a directive: to explain in writing the case against Comey.
The pair quickly fulfilled the boss's orders, and the next day Trump fired Comey — a breathtaking move that thrust a White House already accustomed to chaos into a new level of tumult, one that has legal as well as political consequences.
PHOTO: Protesters gather to rally against U.S. President Donald Trump's firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey, outside the White House in Washington, U.S. May 10, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst