Topic Of The Day:-“A clear misire”
President Donald Trump’s decision to fire James Comey as the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at a time when the agency is expanding a probe into the possible collusion between Mr. Trump’s campaign team and Moscow could well be a turning point in a scandal that is engulfing his administration. No incumbent of the White House since Richard Nixon has fired a top law enforcement official probing the President or his close aides. Nixon’s decision to sack the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal backfired, unleashing a chain of events that led to his eventual resignation. The reason Mr. Trump has given for ousting Mr. Comey is hardly convincing. The administration accuses Mr. Comey of having been unfair to Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump’s Democratic opponent, in an investigation concerning her private email server while serving as Secretary of State, and of incompetence. To be sure, Mr. Comey’s handling of the Clinton case was very controversial and had triggered sharp criticism, especially from the Democrats. She said that Mr. Comey’s public statement just days before the November 2016 election that the FBI had reopened the probe into the server issue cost her many votes. The irony is that Mr. Trump had then appreciated Mr. Comey’s “guts”. So now when he cites Mr. Comey’s handling of the Clinton server probe as the reason to get rid of him, naturally it finds few takers. On the other side, available facts suggest that the investigation into the Russia scandal was closing in on Mr. Trump’s associates and that the White House has had little control over Mr. Comey’s FBI. Earlier, Mr. Comey confirmed to Congress that the Bureau was conducting a “criminal investigation” into any links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Mr. Trump has already lost Michael Flynn, his original pick for National Security Adviser, from the Cabinet. Jeff Sessions, his Attorney General, has recused himself from the Russia probe, given his past ties to Moscow. Other Trump associates, such as Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Roger Stone, also face accusations in the scandal. Besides, as the American media reported, Mr. Comey had asked the Justice Department for more resources for the investigation. But what he got was a dismissal letter from the President. This reinforces the perception that Mr. Trump was wary of the investigation and that he fired Mr. Comey to stop, or at least disrupt, the process. He now has the opportunity to choose the next FBI chief, who will oversee the probe going forward. But the political storm his action has triggered in Washington and the growing calls for an independent investigation into the entire ‘Russia’ scandal suggest that Mr. Trump has overplayed his hand — both ethically and tactically. The Comey firing has, in fact, taken him closer to Russiagate, which he had tried so hard over the past three months to distance himself from.
MEANINGS AND WORDS
Meaning: Agreement between people to act together secretly or illegally in order to deceive or cheat someone.
Example: It is thought that they worked in collusion with the terrorist network.
Synonyms: Conspiracy, Plotting
Meaning To surround and cover something or someone completely.
Example: The flames rapidly engulfed the house.
Synonyms: Enclosing, Surrounding and immersing
Meaning: Necessary for (someone) as a duty or responsibility.
Example: The government realized that it was incumbent on them to act.
Meaning: (of an official or regime) currently holding office.
Example: The incumbent President was defeated.
Synonyms: Mandatory, Existing
Antonyms: Optional, Future
Meaning To suddenly release a violent force that cannot be controlled.
Example: At worst, nuclear war could be unleashed.
Synonyms: Producing, Release
Antonyms: Restrain, Hold
Meaning:Happening or existing at a later time or at the end, especially after a lot of effort, problems, etc
Example: The Dukes were the eventual winners of the competition.
Synonyms: Final, Ultimate
Meaning: An event or situation that causes something to start.
Example: Some people find that certain foods trigger their headaches.
Synonyms: Precipitate, Cause
Meaning: Challenge (a judge or juror) as unqualified to perform legal duties because of a potential conflict of interest or lack of impartiality.
Example: He will have to recuse himself from that hearing.
Meaning: A statement saying that someone has done something morally wrong, illegal, or unkind, or the fact of accusing someone.
Example: You can’t just make wild accusations like that!
Synonyms: Allegation, Charge
Antonyms: Approval, Praise
Meaning: If something reinforces an idea or opinion, it provides more proof or support for it and makes it seem true.
Example: His behaviour merely reinforced my dislike of him.
Synonyms: Strengthen, Fortify and Augmenting
Antonyms: Diminish, Discourage
Meaning: The ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses.
Example: The normal limits to human perception.
Synonyms: Insight, Recognition