Donald Trump has now fired three U.S. law enforcement officials who were investigating his him, his campaign and/or his administration.
|Former Attorney General Sally Yates|
It started just 10 days after his inauguration when Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. Trump claimed the dismissal was due to the fact that she announced that the Justice Department would not defend the his now infamous Muslim ban executive order. What we didn't know at the time was that Yates had just warned White House Counsel Donald McGahn that Trumps National Security Advisor, Gen. Michael Flynn had lied to Vice President Pence about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak just three days earlier. Yates later testified that she expected the White House to “take action” because Flynn was “compromised” and could potentially be the target of blackmail. I am sure her firing was not the action she imagined as Gen. Flynn remained Trumps National Security Advisor for another 18 days.
|Former us attorney Preet Bharara|
A little over a month later, Trump fired 46 us attorneys including Preet Bharara, who had been the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York since 2009. It has now been revealed that not only was Bharara investigating Rep. Tom Price, then Trump's nominee for Health and Human Services secretary but Trump as well. Bharara had been investigating corrupt Russian businessmen accused of laundering money in New York real estate. I wonder where that was going??? In addition he also would have been tasked with investigating Trump's claim that Obama had Trump Tower phones "wiretapped" during the election, since Trump's building falls within the jurisdiction of the Southern District of New York.
|Former FBI Director James B. Comey|
Then, on May 9, Trump canned FBI Director James Comey. He was, as we all know too well, in charge of the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. After he testified on March 20th that the investigation included looking at contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials he was as good as gone.
Looking at these firings reminds me of a TV crime procedural. It is not unlike the courtroom scene where the prosecutor brings up the past crimes of a defendant when trying show a pattern of criminality. These firings are now starting to show that if you are investigating Trump and his ties to Russia your career is next on the victim's list.
It is becoming all too clear that Trump wants to avoid having his ties to Russia investigated at all costs.