The only 3 things you need to know about Comey’s firing
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The hysteria from the left and many of its accomplices in the mainstream media in response to the firing of FBI Director James Comey has been an astounding spectacle to behold. To paraphrase Shakespeare, the reaction can best be described as a tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

To really understand the Comey firing — in context — you need only know three things:

1. There is absolutely no evidence that the Russians influenced the outcome of the November election;

2. There is absolutely no evidence of collusion between Donald Trump and the Russians; and

3. The president of the United States can fire the FBI director for any reason — or no reason — at all.

Instead of playing into the media’s gotcha game, the White House should be laser-focused on these three incontrovertible facts.

Fundamentally, the entire controversy rests on a foundation of tin foil hat conspiracy theories. There is absolutely no evidence that alleged Russian interference in the election had any impact on the results. Indeed, at this point, outside of the fever swamps of left-wing blogs, there is not even an accusation that it had any impact. 

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Secondly, and more importantly, there is no evidence whatsoever of any collusion between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE and any agent of the Russian government. Not only is there no evidence linking Trump to any agent of the Russian government, there is almost no evidence tying anyone in the Trump campaign to any effort by the Russians to influence the election.

 

Without evidence that Russia actually impacted the results of the election and without evidence tying Trump to this effort, there is no basis for the assertion that President Trump fired James Comey in hopes of disrupting the FBI’s investigation.

Finally, and most importantly, as Comey himself conceded, the president can fire an FBI director for any reason or no reason at all. President Trump is not required to keep his predecessor’s FBI director — the director serves at the pleasure and discretion of the president.

The White House, Trump and his surrogates should all be laser-focused on reminding the media and the public of these three facts — and they should do so over and over again if necessary.

The president’s political enemies want the focus to be on the inconsistencies in statements from the White House and Trump. These inconsistencies may be embarrassing for the White House and may signal a problem in the communications operations, but they are fundamentally a side show. 

It is irrelevant whether Trump fired Comey based on the recommendation of the attorney general’s office or whether the president would have fired Comey regardless. 

The exact timing of when President Trump lost faith in Director Comey is equally irrelevant.

It is incumbent on Trump and the White House to remind the nation of these facts and to avoid chasing every squirrel the media sends running their way.

The Democrats are looking for any and every way to disrupt the president’s agenda, and that is exactly what the faux hysteria over the Comey firing is intended to do. The firing should not grind President Trump’s agenda to a halt: the facts are on his side, he just needs to remind the nation of that truth.

 

Christopher Barron is a conservative strategist and the president of Right Turn Strategies. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisRBarron.


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