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Monday, April 2, 2018

Mr Comey's Book Tour

For John, BLUFIf you are going to get into a fight with the President you had better not be counting on others to prove you correct.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Hill, by Mr James Gagliano, 1 PRIL 2018.

Here is the lede plus four:

Announcements of scheduled appearances for the widely anticipated $850-to-attend book tour by fired FBI Director James Comey foreshadow a much-ballyhooed return to the public square.  Media outlets eagerly booked the former director, and his opus, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” briefly jumped to No. 1 on Amazon’s best-seller list.

But should Comey — a central witness in special counsel Robert Mueller probe — be making public his version of events which will certainly differ significantly with what President Trump, the central target in the special prosecutor’s probe, has repeatedly stated?

Comey was humiliatingly removed by the president last May and enjoyed a brief period of bipartisan sympathy for the disgraceful manner in which he was dispatched.  The FBI’s seventh director learned of his termination via televised news reports while appearing before an FBI audience in Los Angeles.  This is not the manner with which career public servants should ever be separated from service. Yet, with the current president, it has become de rigueur.

Initially taking the high road, remaining silent, professional and above the fray, Comey has now resorted to directly confronting the president at his own game.  He shed his original anonymous Twitter nom de plume, “Reinhold Niebuhr,” and directly waded in to criticize and taunt his tormentor.  In the immediate wake of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s firing and Trump’s Twitter gloating, Comey ominously warned, “Mr. President, the American people will hear my story very soon.  And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not.”

And, just like that, Comey conceded the tiny sliver of moral high ground he precariously clung to and reduced his position as an advocate of the pursuit of facts into a narcissistic quest to sell books.  He unwittingly joined Trump in the pig-wallow that currently serves as civil discourse.

This is another view and you can read the whole thing quickly.

Frankly, I am think the Cardinal, Mr James Comey, is cruising for a bruising.

Hat tip to the Drudge Report.

Regards  —  Cliff

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