After months of confusingly refusing to accept the assessment of US intelligence agencies regarding the intent and nature of Russian influence into the 2016 Presidential election, after months of calling any reports or investigations into said activities "fake news", President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9th. Comey's dismissal came while the FBI is actively investigating any potential links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government and reportedly came only days after Comey requested additional resources to pursue the investigation.
Numerous sources have reported President Trump became livid with Comey after Comey has repeatedly refused to publicly exonerate President Trump of any wrong doing. Sources have said Trump does not feel like Comey is "loyal" to Trump and that this distrust led to the timing of his dismissal.
All of this is bad enough. But it's what happened the next day which had Mr. Benedict Arnold, long the namesake of treason and betrayal in America, smiling widely in his grave.
The day immediately after Trump unprofessionally
fired Comey, while Comey's agency is investigating any Russian ties to the Trump campaign, Donald Trump, in a pre-arranged meeting, met with Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, and Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak. Kislyak, a man well known in the United States as a Russian spy
, was the man about whom current Attorney General (and Trump nominee) Jeff Sessions hid his conversations during his Senate confirmation, which ultimately led to Sessions (apparently insincere
) recusal from any Russian investigations.
But that's not all. Less than a month after a chilly meeting with Angela Merkel, leader of strong US ally Germany, President Trump is shown with a big smile on his face as he shakes the hand of not only foreign minister Lavrov, but also with well-known Russian spy Kislyak. But what makes this photo
even more unreal is that the American press media was NOT allowed in the room during the meeting, so the only reason we have this picture is because Russian press was in the meeting and the Russian embassy tweeted it out later.
So just think about this for a second. As our President meets with the foreign minister of a country about which he's being investigated, he only allows Russian media in the meeting as he shakes hand with a well-known Russian spy, the day after firing the man whose agency is currently investigating any possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russia.
Move over Benedict Arnold, it's possible you may soon have to make room for another.