In President Trump's sudden decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, Democrats have caught the whiff of scandal, but what smells worst of all is the stench of hypocrisy and dishonesty on every one of their cries of conspiracy.
After all, just a few short months ago it was the very same Democrats who were screaming the loudest for Comey to be removed from office.
Just hours after Comey's firing was made public, Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) compared Trump to Richard Nixon:
Yet on November 3, Congressman Cohen became the very first Democrat to call for Comey to resign after Comey wrote a letter to Congressional leaders indicating that he was re-opening the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.
Heck, he even wrote a lengthy column in The Hill calling for Comey to resign!
Congressman Cohen wrote at the time:
As a nearly ten-year veteran of the House Judiciary Committee – the committee responsible for oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice – and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, earlier this week I called on FBI Director James Comey to resign his position after his recent communication with members of Congress regarding the bureau's review of emails potentially related to Hillary Clinton's personal email server.
But now, just a few months after calling for Comey to be removed from office, Cohen is issuing press releases comparing Comey's removal from office to Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre."
Right, firing Comey now is downright Nixonian, but back in November--when Democrats were still blaming Comey's letter for Hillary Clinton's election loss--firing Comey was the only possible solution to his reckless politicization of the FBI.
Just ask former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV):
Reid had in fact been calling for Comey's resignation long before, telling MSNBC in September that Comey needed to go in the wake of a damning report on Russian election interference.
On October 30, Reid even went so far as to send an accusatory letter directly to Comey:
To Senate Democratic leadership then, Comey was a "Republican operative" whose "highly selective approach to publicizing information" was designed to deliberately throw a presidential election to the Republican candidate (and thus presumably deserved to be fired for this blatant subversion of the democratic process), yet now firing him is somehow wrong?
Yes, yes it is. At least according to current Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer:
Naturally, back in November, Schumer told Bloomberg News that Comey's actions in the Clinton email investigation caused Schumer to lose faith in Comey's ability to continue to lead the FBI:
“I do not have confidence in him any longer,” said the New York Democrat, who has criticized as “appalling” Comey’s decision to send a letter to lawmakers 11 days before the election disclosing the bureau’s new review of e-mails potentially pertinent to the investigation of Clinton’s private server.
“To restore my faith, I am going to have to sit down and talk to him and get an explanation for why he did this,” Schumer said in an interview.
It seems as though Schumer's faith was somehow restored, since now he is claiming that firing Comey is somehow scandalous.
Heck, the new face of "The Resistance" to the Trump Administration, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) is even going so far as to say that President Trump should resign over it!
Donald Trump should follow his FBI Director out the door #nocredibility— Maxine Waters (@MaxineWaters) May 10, 2017
Speaking of "no credibility," that's exactly what Waters said about Comey on January 13, when she stormed out of a press conference following an intelligence briefing.
On her official Congressional website as recently as March 21, she wrote that "FBI Director Comey advanced Russia's misinformation campaign:"
I believe that Director Comey bears some responsibility, along with the Russians, in adding to the confusion and misinformation campaign that led to the election of Donald Trump. Now, Director Comey presides over an FBI under a Department of Justice headed by an Attorney General who lied under oath, and both serve under a President who has shown he will stop at nothing to obstruct and distract from any credible investigations of his campaign’s ties to Russia.
Let's see, Comey has no credibility and actively assisted in a hostile foreign government's misinformation campaign that effectively swung a presidential election...but now he shouldn't be fired for it?
And she was hardly alone in calling for Comey's head back in January. Every Democrat briefed on the Russia investigation came away from the meeting similarly fuming.
Now, however, Democrats are claiming that the timing of the Comey firing is scandalous when over the past few months they have been claiming that Comey must be removed from office immediately because of his partisan complicity in Trump's illegitimate election.
You'll have to excuse the rest of the country for rolling its eyes.