United States, World Affairs

Comey VS Trump: A Non-American Student’s Perspective

If you’re a Political Science fanatic like moi, you would know that June 8th was no ordinary day.

It was perhaps THE most important day in the history of modern day politics of the United States. Maybe it was because Donald Trump didn’t even grace the American Public with the tweets they have come to love, or maybe it was the fact that fired FBI Director James Comey’s statements have pushed the American People to lose confidence in their President (not that there was much confidence in the first place), but the Trump scandal is finally coming to light.

After all the statements made by Comey, and after receiving no response from Donald Trump on twitter, one thing can be inferred: Donald Trump is certainly going to be one of the most infamous Presidents.

Comey VS Trump has totally changed the dynamics of present day politics in America. For one, Comey apparently has nothing to lose (he already lost his JOB), and in the eyes of the public, that makes him a very very reliable source of information, because he is no longer bounded by the rules of being a Director of the FBI. Sure, in this situation, Comey will get back his reputation, but it doesn’t make sense that he would lie to the general public to do so.

Second, according to James Comey, he has considerable proof against Jeff Sessions as he spoke in his hearing, but cannot reveal them in a public session. That puts Jeff Sessions in a very tricky spot, because of the reports of him going to a THIRD meeting with Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak during Trump’s election campaign.

On March 2, Sessions had recused himself from the investigation relating to Russia’s involvement into the campaign which had potentially changed results.

Here is what Comey said: (I’ve highlighted the important)

“Our judgment as I recall was that he was very close to, and inevitably going to, recuse himself for a variety of reasons. We also were aware of facts that I can’t discuss in an open setting, that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic. And so we were – we were confronted and, in fact, I think we had already heard that the career people were recommending that he would recuse himself, that he was not going to be in contact with Russia-related matters much longer. That turned out to be the case.”

This clearly implies that there was some ulterior motive as to why Sessions had recused himself from the investigation, unlike the reason that he had provided to the public (He had involvement in the campaign and his staff advised him to recuse himself of the investigation).

Third, Donald Trump just implied on twitter, weeks ago, that there are tapes. James Comey, whose only defence is his memo, is daring-BEGGING- the President to publish those conversations about him telling to drop the Flynn Investigation and to ‘let it go because Flynn is a good guy.’

A conversation between the President and the Director of the FBI would be really inappropriate (according to Comey) and would also put the FBI at the mercy of the President who didn’t want an investigation to open up which potentially dealt with whether he was directly involved with the Russians when they interfered with the election in USA.

It all rests upon how the closed hearing is going to go. Either Trump is going to be found guilty of Obstruction to justice, or he will walk away from this, having won a legal battle, but not a moral one.

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