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Comey treated in Thuggish Mafia Style by the White House

Emanuel L. Paparella, Ph.D.

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Former FBI Director James Comey is furious at the lack of respect the White House has showed him by the way he was fired, worthy of a Mafia operation, sources confirm.

He has been called by Trump a “showboat,” a “grandstander,” a “nut job,” suggesting he is not “competent” and even deranged ant that the “the FBI has been in turmoil under his leadership. You know that. I know that. Everybody knows that” has required Comey to show considerable restraint. Jung would probably add the event to one of his books as a perfect example of projection.

In a couple of weeks Comey will have an opportunity respond to Trump when he testifies in open session on Capitol Hill. The only public statement from Comey since his dismissal came in the form of a letter he delivered to former FBI colleagues which states that “I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all. I’m not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed. I hope you won’t either. It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply.”

To announce Comey’s firing, Trump had a dismissal letter hand delivered to the FBI’s building in Washington, although the former FBI Director learned of his firing from news announcement on TV while speaking to recruits for the bureau in California. Initially he thought it was a prank of sorts.

Many FBI agents feel Comey has been treated shabbily. While there are those who disagreed with some of his tactics, he was nonetheless broadly popular in the bureau and respected.

Some individuals associated with the bureau have publicly rallied to protect Comey’s name. During a hearing on Thursday, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Comey was held in high regard in the organization, despite White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a press briefing that “the rank and file of the FBI had lost confidence in their director.”

Given the previous track record in this matter, as in many others, those who now are hoping for some regrets and/or apologies for the boorish way the dismissal was conducted, worthy of the reality show The Apprentice but demeaning of the presidency, may have a long, long waiting.

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.

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Trump’s Dumb Ideas for Economic Growth

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