Trump Reportedly 'Taken Aback' By Bipartisan Backlash Against Comey Firing

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Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • Once again, we are confronted with the fact that this country’s institutions are being bulldozed by a team of breathtakingly stupid people. White House officials had reportedly thought firing James Comey, the guy currently investigating the Trump administration, would be a “win-win” because both Democrats and Republicans had had issues with the FBI director in the past. [Politico]
  • A few days before he was canned by a bodyguard, Comey had asked for a substantial increase in resources for the Russia investigation. [New York Times]
  • CNN sources report two reasons behind the firing: That the Russia investigation was accelerating, and that Comey had not “provided Trump with any assurances of personal loyalty.” jfdkls;ajdslkafjdks! [CNN]
  • There will probably not be an independent prosecutor because infernal geoduck Mitch McConnell does not appear to want one. [BuzzFeed]
  • Meanwhile, the Senate Intelligence Committee has invited the former FBI director to testify at a closed hearing next week. [Reuters]
  • Here’s where GOP senators currently stand on the Comey firing. (And here’s a surprise for ya: Marco Rubio has managed to stand exactly nowhere!) [The Hill]
  • The director of the Census Bureau is stepping down amid a steep funding shortage, which is...bad! [New York Times]
  • A reporter was arrested today for “yelling questions” at HHS director Tom Price. [New York Times]
  • Okay, some good news: with the help of three Republicans, the Senate voted not to repeal an Obama-era rule limiting methane emissions. [The Hill]

Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:


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Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.


Green Eyed Realist

1.) CNN was reporting last night that nobody in the administration expected the political blowback that occurred 0.4 seconds after the country found out about Comey’s firing. HOW? Did they honestly think that we’d all go, “Oh. Yes. Trump is clearly firing him because he was mean to Hilz. Makes sense to me.” Nobody in this administration can walk more than two inches without tripping on their figurative shoelaces.

2.) Not only can our illustrious leader, a prolific tweeter, NOT figure out how to thread a thought on Twitter, it takes him NINE MINUTES to compose a thought of 140 characters or less. Think about that.

3.) I heard that Comey, in LA when the letter was delivered, saw the news on television. Obviously, I could be wrong. Comey SUCKS, but is that the most professional demeanor the Trump WH can think up - to fire someone via TV?

Jesus Christ on a cracker.