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Mother's Day Massacre

President Donald Trump seemed to think getting rid of FBI Director James Comey would be a clean kill. He was wrong.
FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on May 3.
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Updated | James Comey talked too much. He talked too much about Hillary Clinton’s emails. And then he talked too much, too late, about the Russians and Team Trump.

Both got him fired. While President Donald Trump and his feuding advisers have been ham-handed about almost everything since they occupied the White House a little over 100 days ago, removing Comey as FBI director was a clean kill. Or so they seemed to think.

You can see their reasoning: Comey had turned into an immediate threat by confirming in his May 3 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that the FBI was running a counterintelligence operation into the relationships of Russian officials and Trump associates. But during the same hearing, under prodding from Republicans on the panel, Comey had vastly, and unaccountably, exaggerated the number of emails that Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin copied to her disgraced husband Anthony Weiner’s home computer. When ProPublica got wind that the FBI was preparing to “supplement” Comey’s testimony with a correction, Team Trump saw a brief opening to take him out. 

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