onald Trump is doubling down on the unsubstantiated wiretapping claims against his predecessor as well as his unproven allegation that former national security adviser Susan Rice may have committed a crime.

Trump said the latest accusation that Rice ordered the unmasking of various members of his team during the transition supports his March 4 tweets that President Obama wiretapped him and his team before the election. He also told The New York Times that he believed Rice could be guilty of a crime.

When asked whether it was "too late" to get rid of James Comey, who is investigating the Trump campaign-Russia nexus, Trump appeared hesitant to discuss the matter. But then he answered that “I have confidence in him. We'll see what happens. It is going to be interesting."

Indeed, it’s going to be interesting to see if Trump does actually carry out the threat to fire the FBI director should he, the director, in the process discover crimes and misdemeanors and announces them. Given the past record, and not only on the reality show The Apprentice, I’d be willing to wager that the firing may well take place before the announcement, as soon as Trump finds out that those announcements are not in favor of his personal interests.  

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Emanuel L. Paparella, Ph.D.

Professor Paparella has earned a Ph.D. in Italian Humanism, with a dissertation on the philosopher of history Giambattista Vico, from Yale University. He is a scholar interested in current relevant philosophical, political and cultural issues; the author of numerous essays and books on the EU cultural identity among which A New Europe in search of its Soul, and Europa: An Idea and a Journey. Presently he teaches philosophy and humanities at Barry University, Miami, Florida. He is a prolific writer and has written hundreds of essays for both traditional academic and on-line magazines among which Metanexus and Ovi. One of his current works in progress is a book dealing with the issue of cultural identity within the phenomenon of “the neo-immigrant” exhibited by an international global economy strong on positivism and utilitarianism and weak on humanism and ideals.