Re: “FBI chief’s unceremonious ouster boomerangs on president,” (TNT, 5/16).
It is truly troubling that James Comey was fired after a private meeting in which he was asked to drop an in-progress investigation (obstruction of justice).
And then the very next day, the president hosted Russian officials in a meeting that was closed to American media outlets but open to Russian, during which he divulged classified foreign intelligence that isn’t even disclosed to many within our own intelligence community.
As a former member of the U.S. intel community, I am terrified about the potential ripple effects. Which allies will refuse to share information with us henceforth? Will our own intel community be forthcoming with the loose-lipped president?
How difficult will it be to cultivate new sources as a result of this? And how might this overall chilling effect on our intelligence operations affect national security?
We have a president who has no familiarity with, or respect for, the common and prescribed ways of doing things at the highest levels of government. This is what his fans love about him. But it is placing us in deep peril.