Retired University of Kentucky professor John Stempel’s premise in his June 19 commentary that former FBI Director James Comey convinced “a solid majority of Americans that the president had tried to force the FBI director to give up his investigation of Russian influence” is grossly false.
Comey is a lawyer and very astute at Washington politics. His testimony before the Senate committee was a verification that he knows how to handle interviews and testimony.
He knew his job was in jeopardy because Trump could fine him, so he apparently crafted the idea that he would document his views and pass the notes around to his co-workers to gain their support. Finally, he resorted to “leaking” that document
The only “political class” seeking impeachment are disgruntled politicians who believed that Hillary Clinton should have won the election and are using Trump’s lack of political savvy as leverage to try to entrap him.
Trump is primarily a businessman, and in business you may voice a stance to judge reaction before announcing your preferred result. This could well be Trump’s approach to Qatar, which Stempel criticizes.
Just because he retired from the School of Diplomacy doesn’t give Stempel power to determine the discussions within the president’s inner circle. The better approach is to wait for the results, because the advisers may know more than a single individual.