Dem Senator: This Comey Firing Could Trigger Impeachment Proceedings

Posted: May 11, 2017 9:00 AM

The Democrats were irate with now ex-FBI Director James Comey. They thought he had become a partisan agent. They were mad that he informed Congress that the FBI would review new emails 11 days before the election. And certainly some feel that his letter to Congress cost Hillary Clinton the election. Pollsters and the data suggest that probably wasn’t the case, but the liberal tantrum continues. They also felt Mr. Comey conducted himself differently between the Clinton email probe and the investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence. Needless to say, Mr. Comey did not have the backing of the Democratic Party. On the other hand, Republicans were still perplexed and frustrated over Mr. Comey’s refusal to press charges against Clinton for her email usage, even though he dished out a tongue lashing, indicting her judgment regarding handling classified materials and that of her staff. Now, President Trump has fired Mr. Comey—and Democrats are outraged over this action, even though many probably wanted it to happen.

We now have people tossing out the Nixon comparisons, the Saturday Night Massacre anecdotes, and the constitutional crisis talk; this is all hyperbole. Nevertheless, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) warned that Trump’s firing of Mr. Comey could trigger impeachment proceedings, as he spoke to CNN’s Anderson Cooper (via CNN):

Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's decision to fire his FBI director could lead to possible impeachment proceedings in Congress.

"It may well produce another United States vs. Nixon on a subpoena that went to United States Supreme Court," the Connecticut Democrat said on "Anderson Cooper 360." "It may well produce impeachment proceedings, although we're very far from that possibility."

The Watergate comparisons were also tossed into the compost, but now we’ve reached something that Democrats have been lusting after, even more so than Mr. Comey’s dismissal: the removal of Donald Trump from office. The chatter has begun, though as with most things in the first 100 days into his presidency, it could very well be another example of Democratic overreach. Unlike Watergate, there is no special prosecutor, though Democrats are demanding one, overseeing the Russia-Trump probe. Second, unlike Watergate, there is no solid evidence of wrongdoing. The House and Senate Intelligence Committees have yet to produce a shred of solid, credible evidence showing that Trump officials colluded with Russian intelligence to sink Hillary Clinton. Nixon and his chief of staff H.R. Haldeman were caught on tape plotting the cover-up of the break-in. Mr. Comey left a note to his fellow agents and staffers at the FBI noting that the president is well within his right to fire the FBI director for any reason, or no reason at all.