What a week in Washington!
President Donald Trump fires James Comey, Sean Spicer holds a press conference outdoors at night and never-Trumpers around the world are saying he should be impeached because he’s mad and unethical.
In reality, removing Comey is Trump’s way of pulling the plug on the Swamp. With Comey out of the way, politicians and media personalities are nervous. Directly or indirectly, they’ve all lost a noticeable degree of shade, hence their calls for Trump’s impeachment.
Before I get to that, Mike Cernovich has some bad news about HR McMaster. Last week, I wrote about his scoop that Trump wants to get rid of McMaster. Cerno had an update on May 11:
Trump’s plan to promote McMaster to full General has stalled. Multiple Pentagon sources have claimed McMaster is unfit to lead.
Cerno’s update also said that McMaster thinks ‘America First’ is naive. The general wants even more anti-Trumpers in the NSC — never mind the ones that are still there, holdovers from the Obama administration — and he has been working hard at getting rid of Trump loyalists:
McMaster unsuccessfully attempted to oust Sebastian Gorka. Trump had to personally intervene, a story Jake Turx of Ami Magazine broke.
His next targets are General Keith Kellogg, Dina Powell, Stephen Miller, and Hope Hicks.
McMaster recently said he would refuse to listen to media guidance from Hope Hicks, a powerful media voice who is beloved by Trump’s base.
On May 9, Cerno reported that McMaster called Hicks a ‘high schooler’ (emphases in the original):
Hicks and McMaster clashed after it was revealed that McMaster was caught interviewing media people from Petraeus’ firm KKR. (Although KKR is a financial services firm, they have an extensive public relations budget.)
On to Comey and Spicer now. Trump sacked Comey on Tuesday, May 9. Newsweek has a full report on what happened next, including photos. Excerpts follow. Spicer issued the White House’s statement about Comey then went into meltdown:
Aides said he would speak to press about the termination, which was blamed on Comey’s supposed mishandling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state, then changed their answers and said he wouldn’t. Outside, Spicer appeared on Fox Business with Lou Dobbs, at times stuttering and misspeaking, at one point saying the attorney general had been terminated before quickly correcting himself.
That evening, he held a brief press conference outdoors in the dark, but not before a preliminary private meeting in the bushes:
The Post detailed also that “Spicer spent several minutes hidden in the bushes” while his press assistants negotiated the terms of a briefing. He stepped out, and asked for the lights on set to be turned off. They were.
He spoke with reporters for about 10 minutes.
Spicey, an active naval reservist, lost it. Unbelievable.
On Thursday, May 11, Alex Jones heard from Roger Stone, who said:
He’s not Trump’s kind of guy.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders — Mike Huckabee’s daughter — has been standing in now and then over the past two weeks for Spicer, who was on reserve duty for a few days.
Stone said that Trump might replace Spicer with Trump loyalist Kimberly Guilfoyle, who used to be a prosecuting attorney before she began working for Fox News. She’s half-Irish, half-Puerto Rican and 100% stunning.
Stone added that Reince Priebus is also close to being shown the door. He explained that Trump suspects both Priebus and Spicer of involvement in White House leaks.
Stone was unhappy that Big Media were lying about him once again. At least this time he was actually able to make the rounds on CNN and NBC breakfast shows to say so. David Brock must be losing his grip on the media. Stone had this to say:
CNN reported that I persuaded President Trump to fire James Comey, and the president put out a tweet saying that wasn’t the case.
As you know, I was not going to comment on the subject or the content of my calls with the president.
And I’m not going to contradict him, but since I know the president watches Infowars and since I know he reads Stone Cold Truth, my view is that Comey should have been fired seconds after Trump took his hand off the Bible …
They [the media] are a ruling elite, and they think they are more powerful than our officials to whom they are supposed to be responsible.
When I was on CNN this morning with Chris Cuomo [son of former New York governor Mario and brother of current governor Andrew], he told me that his sources within the FBI told him that the agency’s morale had hit rock bottom … What planet does he live on? The agents I’ve talked to, and I know many, are ebullient over his firing. They believe he politicised the agency and he tarnished its integrity for eternity.
Stone thinks that Spicer could have been part of a group who put out the false story accusing him of telling Trump to fire Comey.
Media reports that Trump looked weary and overwhelmed circulated last week. Stone disputed that:
Trump is a fighter. He’s not going to back down from a fight. I think he’s having the time of his life because he realises this is the fight for America’s future.
Right now, Andrew McCabe, the deputy FBI director, is the agency’s acting director until such time as Comey’s position is filled. McCabe is under consideration, however, that is likely to be a courtesy and nothing more. NBC reports that four other men could be invited for an interview: William Evanina, who heads the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive, and three FBI agents, Adam Lee (head of the Richmond, Virginia office), Michael Anderson (head of the Chicago office) and Paul Abbate (executive assistant director for the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch).
The New York Times came up with a different list of those joining McCabe: Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas; Judge Michael J. Garcia of the New York State Court of Appeals and the former United States attorney for the Southern District of New York; and Alice Fisher, a former top Justice Department official who would be the first woman to run the agency. The paper reported that their interviews with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein were scheduled for Saturday, May 13.
Personally, I would like to see an FBI agent get the top spot once again. The FBI should be run by someone who understands the agency inside and out and knows its people.