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Alternative facts of the week: The Comey firing

Alternative facts of the week: The Comey firing

A single event this week, the firing of FBI director James Comey, provides a bevvy of alternative facts of the most consequential variety. No mere lying about the size of the inaugural crowd, this streak of evasion, distraction and mendacity from the White House and its allies cuts to the core American principles of an independent system of justice and respect for the rule of law. Here's a sampling of the blatant falsehoods from the White House about Mr. Comey's dismissal:

Nothing to do with Russia

When asked Wednesday whether the firing was related to the FBI's probe into possible connections between the Trump campaign and the Russian hacking aimed at influencing the...