Jeff Flake

By firing Comey, Trump may have fanned the flames he hoped to control

By firing Comey, Trump may have fanned the flames he hoped to control

In firing FBI Director James B. Comey, President Trump may have hoped to bring the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election under control. Instead, as reaction in Washington spread on Wednesday, the move seemed to carry a large risk of making his troubles worse.

Trump has both privately and publicly seethed for weeks about the investigation into whether anyone connected with his campaign had cooperated with Russian efforts to influence the election.

He was angered further last week that Comey would not publicly back his claim that no evidence of collusion exists.

“The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax” and a “taxpayer funded charade,” he...

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