Washington Post columnist David Ignatius reacts to the firing of FBI Director James Comey on the Wednesday broadcast of Morning Joe:
SCARBOROUGH: [President Donald Trump], David Ignatius, will blow himself up and his White House and the Constitution of the United States because he's a day trader who doesn't like bad headlines. That's my opinion, not your opinion --
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: That's mine too.
SCARBOROUGH: But it's pretty shocking. I ask you to go back in all your years covering the government to find a decision anymore shocking than this.
DAVID IGNATIUS: This is one we'll remember where we were when we heard it. It had that kind of impact. The truth is, Joe, I don't know why they did this. It was done in a rush, clearly. It was all put together in a rush yesterday. Comey wasn't even in town. He was surprised by the announcement.
I'm told in talking to my FBI sources that back during the transition, there was discussion among the Trump transition team about getting rid of Comey. They didn't like Comey, they mistrusted him. And so there was talk then, and the decision was this is more trouble than we need.
The peculiar thing is that as angry as Democrats were at Comey after the way he handled the Hillary Clinton e-mail issue -- Hillary Clinton clearly blames Comey for her defeat, he had come to be a symbol of putting trust and integrity back in the FBI through the Russia investigation. It's strange that the Democrats who were so angry at him are now furious at his firing.
President Trump tweeted this morning: "The Democrats have said some of the worst things about James Comey, including the fact that he should be fired, but now they play so sad!"
The Democrats have said some of the worst things about James Comey, including the fact that he should be fired, but now they play so sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2017
Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike. When things calm down, they will be thanking me!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2017