Trump fired FBI director James Comey because he was leading the probe into the president’s alleged ties to Russia, which risked uncovering compromising information, asserts the New York Times Editorial Board. In their view, by ousting Comey, Trump has pulled the breaks on the only thorough investigation into his campaign’s alleged ties to the Russian government. Given that the president will chose Comey’s successor, there is no guarantee that the FBI’s new director will decide to continue this inquiry. The Editorial Board calls for a special prosecutor being appointed to remove all doubt about the president’s alleged ties to Russia.
James Comey deserved to be fired, given that he had dragged down the FBI’s reputation with his awful handling of situations like the Clinton email investigation, argues Ben Domenech of The Federalist. He speculates that Comey had lost face within his own department by failing to control the media coverage of his mistakes. Arguments that Trump fired him for different reasons are misguided, contends Domenech. He points out that Trump needed his party’s approval first, which he got due to Comey’s continuing blunders. Had the president dismissed Comey on his first day in office, conspiracies would have circled anyway, believes Domenech.