According to James Comey and other sources, the government of the United States fail to earn the trust of the people of the country and others outside it as well and it is due to Donald Trump, the newly elected President.
Never before, he told the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, did he get the same "gut feeling" that he needed to watch his back, and that of his bureau, in interactions with previous presidents. Did he obstruct justice when he allegedly "hoped" that Comey would not pursue an investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn?
Adding more fuel to the fire this time is perhaps the most divisive issue of them all - impeachment. Leaks will continue to flow - particularly from Trump's own inner circle, as some are thrown under the bus, while others are thrown overboard. Comey wrote down his version of events in a memo. Those explosive allegations have raised questions about whether Trump tried to influence the FBI's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. And in James Comey he's collided with a seasoned, wily law enforcement official who opened the investigative door for Robert Mueller and cleared a path for him to bring the full force of the law to bear on the White House.
After failing to convince Comey to let Flynn off the hook, to say publicly that Trump wasn't under investigation and to expedite his investigation, the president fired him.
Comey's decision to share with reporters, through an intermediary, details from those conversations, and his insistence on testifying in public attest to his determination to confront the president head-on.
Indeed, if Trump should be angry at anyone, it is himself.
Even Chris Matthews of CNN, a very strong adversary of President Trump, has declared that there was no collusion with Russian Federation.
Yes, here comes the old Watergate era line once again: It's not the crime; it's the cover-up that counts. Would he be willing to do that before Congress goes into recess to get this done as soon as possible?
No, this investigation is only beginning. But positioning the nation's capital as a complicated place for unwary newcomers doesn't hold much water for the president, who turns 71 in two days. Bill Clinton's Whitewater scandal lasted for seven of his eight years in office.
Trump's surrogate John CornynJohn CornynGOP leaders are unified: Firing Mueller a bad idea Trump calls House healthcare bill "mean" Schumer to GOP: Defend Mueller MORE, a three-term Republican senator from Texas, and a former attorney general of the state, was equally emphatic, tweeting, "Lynch & Clinton: Conflict of interest?"
One might very well argue that Donnie is both leaker and leakee.