The New York Times dropped a bombshell regarding a memo former FBI Director James Comey drafted that purportedly documents ways in which President Trump acted improperly to influence the FBI’s investigation into Michael Flynn. Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, was fired for not being forthcoming about discussions he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. That doesn’t mean that the discussion itself was improper, but not being truthful with the vice president could end with you tendering your resignation, which is what happened. Yet, we’re about to enter another maddening phase of anti-Trump hysteria: impeachment theater. Granted, if the president committed an obstruction of justice offense, then by all means Congress should be compelled to do what it feels is necessary. But the memo hasn’t been read yet. We don’t know its contents. Fox News did verify that it exists. So far, the House Oversight Committee has demanded it be turned over, along with any other documents relating to communications between Trump and Mr. Comey.
Still, before all the facts are out, we have the impeachment talk drumming up. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) said that if the memo does corroborate what’s been reported, then absolutely it’s obstruction of justice, and that impeachment proceedings could occur. Some are not so sure that the president has committed such an offense. Matthew Whittaker of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust says that Comey memo is no smoking gun concerning felonious acts by the president. Whittaker, a former U.S. attorney, said, “the Comey memo is being blown out of proportion, to the point where even former Watergate counsel Michael Madigan has said it borders on the ‘absurd.’ I’m inclined to agree. The Constitution is clear about the President’s authority under Article Two: he has the power to enforce the law and direct an FBI investigation,” he said. “As I’ve said publicly and repeatedly, Jim Comey served faithfully but it was time for him to go, as he had become the face of multiple investigations. That’s not where any chief law enforcement official – be it local, state or federal – should be. The President made the right decision and, in so doing, will give the FBI a fresh slate,” he added.