A Brief Timeline of the Last Week
This is going to be a short post, since it would be redundant to get into too much detail about the aftermath of the firing of the FBI director, James Comey and, besides, the conventional wisdom has been turned on its head enough as it is. As of this writing, what we know is that Comey was canned because he was getting too close, chasing down the money that connects the president’s inner circle with Vladimir Putin’s — but now we may never know for sure, because the FBI director has been sacked.
That was one week ago. The next day, on May 10, the president meets the Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, and ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office. At the time, the big scandal was that the American press was ordered to stay away and the only people inside the room were TASS photographers. The day after, NBC News airs an interview in which the president tells Lester Holt that he would have fired Comey regardless, and referred to the ex-director as a “showboat.”
Then on Friday, the president tweeted this:
In other words, WATCH YOUR BACK JAMES COMEY! Never mind that he has now publicly intimidated him, which is a federal crime. And never mind that the day before he admitted on live TV that he’s obstructing justice.
Over the weekend: the leader of the free world plays golf, yet again.
On Monday, the Washington Post reports that he gave classified information to Lavrov and Kislyak at last week’s meeting, which retrospectively explains why no US media were allowed to cover it. And today, his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, explains to the country (and presumably the world) that the president did not know where the classified intelligence came from.
Well, then, just one question: What will it take to get enough people in Congress to remove this dangerous man from office? Seriously.