It’s public knowledge that Trump tried and failed to get the FBI Director to fire FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Christopher Wray threatened to resign over the matter, then Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions backed off. This is clearly an attempt to interfere with the Trump-Russia investigation and it backfired tremendously.
Wray just hired U.S. Attorney Dana Boente as the FBI’s new General Counsel. The mainstream media seems to think Boente is a friend of Trump’s, but in reality he’s one of the biggest players in the Flynn prosecution in the Eastern Virginia District, which led to Flynn’s plea deal with Mueller. Trump (well, technically Jeff Sessions) forced Boente to resign, which was seen as highly suspicious by many, but now he’s back and there’s nothing Trump can do about it.
Coons, a Democrat from Delaware, questioned the role Trump played in Boente’s leaving in a letter in 2017 saying he wanted a hearing “to examine potential presidential interference with U.S. attorneys’ offices.” He added, “My request is based on a series of events that leave me concerned that President Trump does not respect the important boundaries between politics and the prosecutorial decisions of U.S. attorneys within the Department of Justice.”
Coons said he found Boente’s departure particularly troubling since it came just before Mueller’s team announced charges. “President Trump’s reported demand for his resignation, the sudden nature of its timing, its proximity to the indictments issued by special counsel Mueller and reported connections between the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia and the investigations of Paul Manafort and [former National Security Adviser] Michael Flynn, leave me concerned that this resignation was not business as usual,” he wrote. “I cannot take on faith that this dismissal was normal or justified.”
Here’s another little fun fact about Dana Boente. When James Comey said, under oath, that Trump told him: “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go”. Dana Boente was the guy that Comey reported this conversation to.
By hiring Boente, the FBI Director is sending a clear reminder to Trump that he’s not calling all the shots. Putting Boente in this key role tells Trump to back off and respect the legal system. Trump won’t take any action with the FBI because we all saw how bad that went the last time.
Bill Palmer brilliantly points out, “So why is the mainstream media botching this story so badly? It may be a result of how President Obama tricked Donald Trump regarding Dana Boente. Just before leaving office, Obama demoted Boente in the Department of Justice line of succession. This led Trump to conclude that Boente was anti-Obama, and prompted Trump to promote Boente even higher in the line of succession. Boente then spent all of 2017 helping with the prosecution of Michael Flynn in his district, before Trump finally figured out he’d been had. Some in the media still don’t appear to have figured it out.”