And, it it just another example of many, many stories that has us saying, "surely, Trump is not THAT stupid and prideful".... a question that has again and again been answered with... "I guess he IS that stupid and prideful." It's like when he declared Federal judges less qualified than him to rule on his cases or when he dictated how Congress should pass his bills. No one would figure that the events of the last 24 hours would happen, and it reminds me of not only NIXON but Hitler and every other militant leader that defied public inquiry. Firing (or killing) and intimidating those charged with investigating leaders has a LONG history of being done by those in power, whether they be royalty or Fascist leaders or even CORPORATE leaders firing their own auditors.
So, when the story broke that the FBI director that was charged with investigating the President asked for additional money to fund the investigation, he was promptly fired by the President, and, when I say promptly, I mean that the President made the decision over a weekend and forced EVERYONE in his government to carry it out...
"The president already had decided to fire Comey, according to this person. But in the meeting, several White House officials said Trump gave Sessions and Rosenstein a directive: to explain in writing the case against Comey." - Washington Post
And, then Trump spread the story that it was all the doing of the Assistant FBI Director, which didn't sit well with him...
"Rosenstein threatened to resign after the narrative emerging from the White House on Tuesday evening cast him as a prime mover of the decision to fire Comey and that the president acted only on his recommendation, said the person close to the White House, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter."
Then, Trump casts the action as being done for the matter that Comey falsified information about Hillary Clinton, which led the conservatives to be in a very difficult spot. Either they say that the information about Hillary was false and that they all spread and voted on false information to sway the election away from the rightful winner, or they must acknowledge that the President that PRAISED Comey for that information months ago was NOW trying to hide something.
At this point, I don't see any way that Trump survives this unfolding of events. Despite his cover story (and Rosenstein refusing to lie for Trump), the facts have come out that this was Trump from the start, AGAINST the advice of everyone in the FBI, itself...
"Thomas O’Connor, the president of the FBI Agents Association, called Comey’s firing 'a gut punch. We didn’t see it coming, and we don’t think Director Comey did anything that would lead to this.’'"
So, what we are left with is that the FBI director was asking for money to investigate unanswered questions of the President, and the President fired the investigator, which is something only a quilty person would do...which has already lit a huge fire on Capitol Hill to appoint and fund an independent investigator that he CAN'T fire or defund.
However...and pay attention to this one point and the main reason I said Trump can't survive this...as of today, we have DIRECT evidence that is well known and confirmed by 30 witnesses to the Washington Post and by the public at large that the President "obstructed justice" in an active investigation, which is a Federal Crime, all by itself. REGARDLESS of the outcome, the President is guilty of at least that impeachable crime.
It's only a matter of time, at this point. My only question would be do we impeach the willing accomplice Pence, as well.