This is Not Watergate
Austin Frank
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Okay, let’s assume Trump is not a target of the FBI investigation into collusion, but other people involved in his campaign are. The possible names are obvious, Flynn, Manafort, Paige and Stone, for example. Let’s assume the investigation is targeting one, or some, of them but not Trump.

That does not mean that Trump did not fire Comey because of the Russian investigation. Trump may very well not be a target, know he is not a target, and have still fired Comey because of the Russia investigation. Given that Trump effectively admitted to firing Comey because of the investigation, it is hard to argue that he did not do so. If you are going to write articles like this, you need to address this statement from Trump:

I was going to fire Comey knowing there was no good time to do it. And in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself — I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won.

In the course of less than 24 hours Trump fired the guy in charge of the investigation and then tweeted a threat directed at keeping the guy he just fired from blabbing about him. How do you explain that?

I’m sure you will demand to know why Trump would bother to interfere with an investigation where he is not a target. The most obvious reason is that Trump has denied any collusion between his campaign and Russian hacking/email leaks so many times that finding such a connection would turn him into a huge liar. It would be a major embarrassment if he had to eat crow on an issue that he has again and again labeled “fake news.” The “fake media” would suddenly have more credibility about his own campaign than he does.

Another reason is that he is just trying to protect people he regards as loyalists. He continues defend Flynn, for example, as a “wonderful man.”

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