Roger Stone: I Told Trump to Fire Comey for Being Unfair to Hillary Clinton
I mean on one level you almost have to give them credit for this level of gaslighting. I mean first Trump blamed Hillary Clinton for birtherism. Then he blamed Obama for hiring Michael Flynn. But now he’s truly outdone himself: he’s fired Comey for stealing the election for him.
Irony is dead, we are through the Looking Glass. Hello Alice, nice Wonderland you have here.
So now Roger Stone, Mr. Lock Her Up-who has continued to talk about jailing Hillary Clinton six months after the election thinks Comey was unfair to-Hillary Clinton.
Roger Stone tells me: "What Comey did to Hillary was disgraceful. I'm glad Trump fired him over it."
— Alex Pfeiffer (@PfeifferDC) May 9, 2017
Indeed, Stone is-what else?-claiming credit for Comey’s firing.
While shock dominated much of the FBI and the White House, the mood was more elated at Roger Stone’s house in Florida. Several Stone allies and friends said Stone, who has been frequently mentioned in the investigation, encouraged the president to fire Comey in conversations in recent weeks.
On Twitter, Stone signaled praise for the move by posting an image of Trump from The Apprentice saying “You’re fired.”
“Stone declined to comment Tuesday night but said he was enjoying a fine cigar.”
Of course, it makes sense that Stone would be celebrating-Comey was also investigating him. So if we believe Stone-an iffy proposition in general but very plausible here-someone being investigated by Comey told the POTUS to fire Comey and the POTUS obliged.
Someone else in Comey’s crosshairs? Rudy Giuliani who’s now being asked if he’s going to be the next FBI Director.
“We’re still attempting to track down what official reason Rudy Giuliani might have had for having been at the Trump International Hotel this evening. We’ve determined that Jack Posobiec, fresh off his still undefined involvement in the leak of Emmanuel Macron’s emails, was also at Trump’s hotel tonight (link). But the reemergence of Giuliani, who has essentially been in hiding he got in trouble over his involvement in the U.S. trial of Reza Zarrab, is noteworthy considering that it comes just hours after Donald Trump fired James Comey.”
“There is virtually no chance that the Senate would confirm Rudy Giuliani as the new FBI Director even if Trump were to nominate him. Giuliani is too tainted by the Zarrab scandal, as well as his role in leaking details of an FBI investigation during the election with the intent of tainting the election. It’s all added up to make Giuliani radioactive. But now that Trump has gone to such a rare headspace that he mistakenly thinks he’s going to get away with firing Comey, does he also mistakenly believe he can replace him with Giuliani?”
Does Trump believe it? New headlines suggest he may just believe it:
“Hours after practically everyone was shocked to learn Donald Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey, reporters with New York and The Atlantic caught a glimpse of cyber security advisor and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in Washington D.C. He wasn’t just in D.C. though, for as journalist Olivia Nuzzi notes, they found him “just a short walk from the White House” at the Trump International Hotel. During the course of their conversation, Giuliani revealed he was attending several meetings pertaining to business matters, but stopped short of suggesting his presence had anything to do with the FBI’s new vacancy.”
On the subject of Comey’s firing, however, Giuliani was more than willing toentertain the two reporters. “I think the president made the right decision,” he said, adding: “Jim is someone I regard as a friend. He worked for me for three years when I was U.S. Attorney, but I feel he made a number of bad judgments over the last year and the president was correct in removing him and trying to get the FBI better leadership.”
When asked whether or not he was in line to replace Comey, the longtime Trump supporter denied the possibility vehemently. “I am not. I’m not a candidate for FBI director,” he claimed. “The president’s not gonna ask me, and I’m not gonna be FBI director.” Giuliani went on to defend the president, especially since subsequent reports suggest the Trump administration was surprised at how loud, and politicized, the reaction to Comey’s firing was. “I think everything the president does creates political blowback because I think the president is treated quite unfairly,” he said.
Rudy certainly speaks the illegitimate President’s language.
For Giuliani of all people to criticize Comey’s letter is risible as he had a clear hand in it. But then, so did Roger Stone. Here’s what Stone told The Intercept on March 6:
“Comey had no choice. The NYPD had and has a copy of the 650,000 emails. Comey’s statement, days before the election, that there’s nothing in there, is a bald-faced lie. This is just supposition, but I think the FBI director looked at the content and said they’re going to hang me if I don’t do something.”
So two guys in Stone and Giuliani who are hypocritically criticizing Comey’s admittedly illegitimate actions-as they facilitated them-and who were targets of Comey’s Russia probe are celebrating his firing-and at least one is boasting of having a hand in said firing.
Even Chris Cillizza isn’t trying to make a joke out of this one.
Even he seems a little stunned. They’ve lost Cillizza.
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