NIKKI HALEY: THE PRESIDENT IS THE CEO OF THE COUNTRY. HE CAN FIRE WHOEVER HE WANTS.

Appearing on ABC’s George Stephanopoulos this morning, President Trump’s United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley claimed that “the president is the CEO of the country.

He can hire and fire whomever he wants.”

While this analogy is tempting, it is incorrect. Though it’s true that private corporations can fire people for nearly any reason whatsoever, this calculus changes when the CEO is the President of the U.S. and he is under federal investigation.

President Trump’s firing of George Comey, far from a typical corporate firing, has hallmarks of the indictable offense, obstruction of justice, since it was likely done to impede a federal investigation. Mr. Trump has publicly admitted as such.

Similarly, a CEO, as well as a President, cannot legally use blackmail as a negotiation tactic. Last Friday, President Trump threatened Mr. Comey with, stating “James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” In the context of a federal investigation, in conjunction with a possible witness to a federal crime, this threat could be construed as witness tampering.

When Ambassador Hailey says things like this, other than just provoking outrage, she reminds people that the Trump-right tends to fail at analogies.

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