After a Tuesday night massacre that saw the termination of FBI Director James Comey, President Trump quickly named a loyal and longstanding ally to the post — Rudolf Giuliani.
The timing of Comey’s firing as he was about to indict Trump aides for cooperating with Russian officials to influence the 2016 presidential election shocked a nation and raised serious concerns among both Democratic and Republican lawmakers about heavy-handed political interference by Mr. Trump.
Even more troubling, the immediate appointment of Mr. Guiliani to the helm of the FBI — the law enforcement agency responsible for leading a comprehensive criminal investigation into Russian collusion — was seen by many as a de facto admission of guilt by President Trump and top aides.
“I cannot sit by and watch our nation be hijacked by this jackass,” said Sen. John McCain of Arizona, standing hand-in-hand with Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. “Lindsey and I will be leading the charge for a special prosecutor in this case, then we will hightail it out of the Republican Party and establish ourselves as Independents.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who has been dogged by criticism for not taking a more forceful stand against an unhinged President Trump and a Republican Congress that has run amok, said the current chaos surrounding the White House would make it difficult for him to attend a pancake breakfast in Brooklyn on Saturday.
It was average Americans, however, who seemed most distressed by the dizzying developments coming out of Washington. Many described themselves as nauseous, headachy, sleepless, disoriented, in a state of constant anxiety, spiritually-adrift, and even suicidal over the state of their country.
There was no comment from the White House about the severe psychological trauma the president’s erratic behavior and deranged actions are causing the nation’s citizens.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer did say, however, that President Trump would be taking a foursome — including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, new FBI Director Rudy Giuliani, and future cabinet member Chris Christie — on a golf outing to Mar-A-Lago over the weekend.
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