Comey is gone

The ongoing investigation of the Trump administration’s possible connection with the Russian government was announced on March 20, but FBI Director James Comey revealed nothing about any sort of progress or results. Anything of relevance to the case was not able to be discussed since the investigation is open. Therefore, the American people were still in the dark until the nature of the conclusion to the investigation is known.

According to CNN, Comey was quoted saying, “I know that when I make a hard decision, a storm is going to follow. Honestly, I don’t care.”

And that has never been more evident. The firestorm that followed Comey when he reopened the case on Hillary Clinton’s emails just ten days before the presidential election continues to burn the relationship between establishment Democrats and Comey.

As Comey continued to pursue evidence for President Trump’s collusion with Russia, Trump started looking for reasons to fire Comey. After Clinton publicly slammed Comey for his letter to Congress during the election season, both Democrats and Republicans had a reason to hate Comey and that made his firing easier to sell to the public for Trump.

Yet, Trump was not able to dodge the bullets. His firing of Comey escalated accusations of obstruction of justice, an impeachable offense, and will allow Comey to testify before Congress. After Comey’s firing, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rodenstein appointed special counsel to oversee the Russian election interference investigation.

Firing Comey might have been worse for Trump than any action he could have ever taken. Comey is gone, but the Comey effect may see the end of the Trump presidency before his four years are up.