Democrats can despise Comey and be outraged at his firing. – By Michelle Goldberg MAY 10 2017 12:05 AM


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There is no hypocrisy here.

Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey—via letter hand-delivered by the president’s old bodyguard—is a new phase in America’s devolution from imperfect democracy to sordid banana republic. But what gives it its truly sociopathic je ne sais quoi is the Republican argument that Comey was fired for his unfair conduct towards Hillary Clinton, and that Democrats who once complained about that conduct should be grateful. As professional ratfucker and Trump confidant Roger Stone told a Daily Caller reporter, “What Comey did to Hillary was disgraceful. I’m glad Trump fired her over it.”

This isn’t just Stone being flip—it’s actually the Republican line. According to the New York Times, Attorney General Jeff Sessions “had been tasked with coming up with reasons to fire [Comey.]” This led to Sessions’ deputy, Rod Rosenstein, writing a memo recommending Comey’s firing for his behavior in the Clinton email investigation. In the memo, Rosenstein slams Comey for his infamous October 28 letter to Congress about reopening the investigation into Clinton’s emails: “[T]he Director cast his decision as a choice between whether he would ‘speak’ about the FBI’s decision to investigate the newly-discovered email messages or ‘conceal’ it. ‘Conceal’ is a loaded term that misstates the issue. When federal agents and prosecutors quietly open a criminal investigation, we are not concealing anything; we are simply following the longstanding policy that we refrain from publicizing non-public information.”

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