Employee terminations are just workforce rebalancing
It seems our attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is kind of fired. Maybe. Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, taking over after the fired James Comey, is also kind of fired. Former FBI director and now special counsel Robert Mueller may be fired in the near future.
It’s really hard to keep your job in the Trump administration. Sean Spicer? Gone. Reince Priebus? Watch out. Because so many need firing, a hatchet man had to be hired: Anthony Scaramucci. The Mooch.
His title is communications director — sure, and the Corleone family was in the olive oil business — but by his own admission he’s gonna fire everybody. Justified or not, he threatens to start with the chief of staff so everyone understands just how powerful this comms guy is.
The really frightening part of this may be the fact that the president bestowed so much authority on someone like The Mooch. This has been necessitated because The Donald learned the hard way just how much blowback is generated when pulling the trigger himself. The blast from the Comey hit still reverberates. Now, Trump has a guy.
It’s no surprise that some people need firing. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz had to fire her IT staffer, Irman Awan. This after the FBI arrested the dude for bank fraud and attempting to flee the country.
The trusted aid of the former chairwoman for the Democratic National Committee had complete access to congressional computers — ostensibly the same systems that were supposedly hacked during the presidential election. Hmmm…
Schultz threatened the FBI for confiscating Awan’s laptop. No, that doesn’t make any sense whatsoever, but the woman who was forced to resign her chair in disgrace has a penchant for downright dirty dealing. While Bernie Sanders would love to know what’s on that laptop, Hillary Clinton would no doubt love to see the hard drive hammered.
As far as DNC hacking goes, wouldn’t it be wild if the PC contents pointed not at Putin and Russian goblins, but to an inside job? In any event, it’s unfortunate the congresswoman can’t be fired.
Obama would have been justified firing AG Eric Holder following any of his major missteps. Same was true for AG Loretta Lynch, whose miscalculations during the presidential campaign still emanate ill effects today.
But how does Jeff Sessions, guilty only of sidestepping the fray, measure up on the termination scale? Truth be told, the man might prefer to resign rather than work for an ingrate, but of course, optics make that difficult.
Though he has certainly taken a beating lately, the bullying is beginning to boomerang. Trump tweets threatening the AG have been met by Republicans issuing threats of their own. Rushing to the former senator’s aid, they tell the president if he dares to terminate Sessions there will be no confirmation hearings for replacement.
Furthermore, any move to remove Mueller will result in ultimate cage fighting, the GOP tag-teaming with the opposition. In that regard, Trump may have finally found a way to encourage a little bipartisan cooperation.
Columnist Michael Raymond can be reached at email@example.com.