Firing the FBI director won’t save the president from the Russia investigation facts.
The lights were burning unusually late in the West Wing last night as the Trump family and advisers faced an inevitable hour of reckoning.
It was always only a matter of time before the judicial branch caught up with the public dossier of investigative reporting on Donald Trump’s long history of dubious business deals with Russia—his ties to Russian mobsters laundering money through New York real estate deals – the foreign bank loans to the multinational octopus of the Trump branding business—and connected it to Trump’s personal appeal to the Russians last summer to hack Hillary Clinton.
Thanks to his lifetime of skirting – euphemistically – norms – the president has been living on borrowed time ever since his inauguration.
He’s no doubt more than dimly aware of this but he probably thinks he can beat the clock as he always has with a mixture of bullying and luck.
So he recently celebrated his first 100 days in office with vicious attacks on journalists (setting such a chilling tone that a journalist was jailed in West Virginia for shouting a question to the health and human services secretary) and then marked Day 110 with a ‘You’re fired’ message to FBI Director James Comey – in the form of a letter in a manila envelope delivered by Keith Schiller – the Trump Organization’s personal ex–New York Police Department skull-cracker.