Thursday, June 22, 2017

How Abnormal Was Comey’s Firing? Experts Weigh In


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President Trump’s firing of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, was both highly unusual for a president and highly consequential, according to a panel of governance experts surveyed by The Upshot. To help put Mr. Comey’s dismissal into context, we asked the panel to rate its normality and its importance, as we did about events during President Trump’s first month and first 100 days. The consensus is that the dismissal was the most significant action so far in this presidency, and among the most abnormal. The closest event to this one in aggregate was Mr. Comey’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the presidential election.

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