Or the fraudulent, manipulating, story telling, always the hero bureaucrat that wants to protect- and enhance- his reputation. Comey is smart and wily, a veteran of inside DC hardball, and an angry former employee.
Trump should have followed protocol and fired Comey in the right way. That’s on the impulsive Trump. However, once fired, a decent man would simply go away- knowing he compromised himself repeatedly throughout his career- and then do something all former insiders do- write a book.
But not Comey- who’s ego may rival Trump’s- but in a quieter more manipulative way. He has decided to testify in an open session, in front of the cameras he’s grown to love, and shoot Trump in the foot. He wants to paint a picture of him being the hero again, trying to save Trump from himself, but in the end realizing Trump was actually a bad guy.
Now, as a veteran detective, I would eat Comey alive in about five minutes. As smart as he is, he has created a trick bag that he has become obsessed in cleaning up. He made the mistake of letting his moron friend- another lawyer- speak for him. In doing so, his friend went too far and put Comey in a spot he has to talk himself out of.
Comey, and the allies inside DC establishment, are hoping his OTHER friend, Mueller, will get him out of the bag.
Here’s the rub. Comey said, under oath, that he felt no influence from anyone to do his job. Since he is not in control of the actual investigation- DOJ and his agents are- that makes sense. What Trump did, according to Comey’s mysterious notes, is ask to wrap up the investigation and go easy on Flynn “because he’s a good guy.”
There is nothing in Flynn’s history to say any different. A stellar military career, Flynn’s only “offense” was to buck the false narrative Obama’s idiots were pushing about the Middle East. Flynn turned out to be right, but they fired him. Then he hooked up with Trump. His position, the one Trump signed onto, was we needed to totally rethink how America interacted with the Middle East. The establishment wanted things just the profitable way they were- so Flynn had to go. (Flynn apparently did some consulting work and took money from foreign companies and countries. If that’s a crime then lock up Podesta, Hillary, Bill and Biden’s kid, not to mention hundreds of others. But that’s the way things are. Good for me the liberal, bad for you the conservative, mainly because the media looks the other way.)
Enter the effort by the establishment, accompanied by Comey, to destroy Flynn, then destroy Trump. Two flies too many in their collective soup.
Comey has a history of worming his way through situations that didn’t turn out well and still came out looking like a hero, usually through his excellent storytelling ability to make himself look like one. Now we are going to see that ability again.
According to one source with knowledge, Comey’s relationship with Trump was uncomfortable from the start. The director had some hope that, over time, he could effectively point out the appropriate procedures and guidelines to both Trump and the White House staff about how the process of communications normally works. It didn’t turn out that way.
One Comey memo reportedly claims that Trump asked the FBI director to “let this go”– referring to the FBI investigation into Gen. Michael Flynn’s contacts with the Russians — although the President himself has flatly denied that he ever did that.
While it is unknown whether the President has either tapes or notes of his conversations with Comey, the FBI director kept meticulous memos and shared them with his team contemporaneously.
Benjamin Wittes, editor in chief of the Lawfare blog and a Comey friend, writes that Comey called his interactions with Trump “training” in order to “re-establish” appropriate boundaries. In his conversations, Wittes writes, “Comey never specifically said this was about the Russia matter” but he assumed that it was. Comey saw his job, Wittes writes, as an effort to “protect the rest of the bureau from improper contacts and interferences from a group of people he did not regard as honorable.”
Wittes told The New York Times that the now-infamous hug from the President — from which Comey tried to hide behind a blue curtain — left the director “disgusted.” Wittes writes “he regarded the episode as a physical attempt to show closeness and warmth in a fashion calculated to compromise him before Democrats who already mistrusted him.”
The dinner with the President, which Wittes describes as “the loyalty dinner,” took place five days after that hug.
When the writers of this article were constructing it, did any of them ask the obvious questions.
1- How is it okay that an FBI director takes it upon himself to school a President. How is that his job? In Comey’s storytelling world, he was trying to be the good guy. He never said Trump was wrong- just rough and unschooled. So like a good mentor, Comey was going to fix that- so he’s the hero…right!
Comey has a history, even as recent as last October and July, where his own sense of morality set his actions in motion. The Left and the MSM were HATING HIM! Now he’s the storyteller they are waiting for with baited breath. Here’s a follow up question- Why? Why is he at the center, and maybe that is what he craves. So is he willing to say whatever it takes to stay there?
Which leads to the second question; 2- Why is this coming out now and why suddenly is Comey saying it could be obstruction? The answer is twofold. It is coming out now because Comey is mad, his ego bruised and his stellar reputation harmed. So he is striking back. The reason he is using words like obstruction is because it plays better in the story. He will be seen as the victim/hero, a martyr on the pyre that is the Trump crisis presidency.
Comey picked this committee and not that committee because his story cannot be retold twice. Because, as we all know, stories change as they are retold. Each time a little bigger and a little grander for the storyteller. Comey is avoiding the committee he swore to that no influence had occurred and picking a new committee with different make up of members. I’m sure he’s researched the issue and is picking the sweeter of the two landscapes.
Comey has to be really careful. If he goes too far, his story falls apart. If he sounds to insistent, he is a just an angry ex-employee trying to get back at his boss. His advantage is the mistakes will not be reported. His danger is he’s messing with a guy who will not sit and take it, and who also may have notes.
Comey’s ability to, in a way, “hang back by the curtains” of the federal government, inserting himself here and there after careful thought, is his strength. Here he is wide open, over his skis and flying downhill. If he gets it wrong, in a real world, an indictment or an embarrassment.
Trump overplayed his hand by hammering Comey. Comey’s ego may make him overplay his hand in return. As a point, Alan Dershowitz explains that Comey is being cowardly in using his friend to speak for him. I agree. Comey can allow the accusations to go forward, then claim his friend misunderstood what Comey said, so neither can be held for intentionally saying a harmful statement. That’s pretty cheezy.
Dershowitz said that he’s always liked Comey, but Comey has been “using his friends to get his point out. It’s cowardly. And I think it’s about time that Comey is confronted directly with cross-examination. He was a great director of the FBI, but when the whole Hillary Clinton thing began, he cared more about his reputation and his dignity than about what was good for America.”
Dershowitz added, “I’d want to find out if he was the source of the leaks of the memo that he was quoted in. Second, I would ask him why he didn’t talk directly, why he’s using his friends. I would go back to his decisions to speak to the public.” He continued that while he disagreed with President Trump’s reported characterization of Comey as a “nutjob,” calling him a “showboat” is “not a bad characterization.”
He further stated Comey’s motives are “all about preserving his reputation above everything else.” Dershowitz further argued that Comey revealed Clinton investigation because thought Clinton was going to win, and he would be faulted by Trump supporters for not revealing the investigation, and so Comey revealed the Clinton investigation to preserve his reputation.
Dershowitz also stated that he believes Trump fired Comey due to Comey’s statement that he felt sick over the prospect that he might have influenced the election.
Here’s the video.
This isn’t the way our government should work, but it does expose the venial corrupted personalities that run our country, which should frighten all of us. When pressure is applied they all just seem to turn into rabid animals, biting and snapping, to protect their food bowl.