So he’s got a new book out (who doesn’t?) — and he’s promoting it to the hilt.
Some folks are calling it “juicy.” That’s one way of putting it.
In a move that is nothing less than priggish, self-serving, and about as far removed from “literary” as you can get, former FBI Director Jim Comey in his book goes with zeal after President Donald Trump — who fired Comey in May 2017 — in one of the few public outlets left to him right now. (In highly divisive times, what else is new?)
Are the following excerpts from “A Higher Loyalty” really appropriate for an attorney who ran the FBI for nearly four years? Don’t we expect better in this country in 2018?
And can liberals and others ever get through their day without taking small-minded and big-headed potshots at the sitting president of the United States?
Judge for yourself — then share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.
(The book comes out on Tuesday, April 17 — but some sections have already leaked, and there’s also the “big” Comey interview that airs Sunday night at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. So expect lots of chatter about the book in the days ahead.)
1.) About the so-called Trump loyalty dinner on Jan. 17, 2017, Comey writes, as Axios reported: “He said lots of people wanted to be director of the FBI, but that he thought very highly of me. He said he had heard great things about me and knew the people of the FBI thought very highly of me as well.”
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2.) “He said despite that, he would understand if I wanted to ‘walk away’ given all I had been through, although then he noted that that would be bad for me personally because it would look like I had done something wrong.”
3.) “He finished by saying that he knew he could ‘make a change at FBI’ if he wanted to, but that he wanted to know what I thought.”
4.) “Now it was pretty clear to me what was happening. The setup of the dinner, both the physical layout of a private meal and Trump’s pretense that he had not already asked me to stay on multiple occasions, convinced me this was an effort to establish a patronage relationship.”
5.) “Somebody probably had told him, or maybe it just occurred to him at random, that he’d ‘given’ me the job for ‘free’ and that he needed to get something in return.”
6.) “This only added to the strangeness of the experience. The president of the United States had invited me to dinner and decided my job security was on the menu,” according to excerpts released by Axios.
7.) Comey also writes about Trump, in a way that could only be called odd: “His face appeared slightly orange with bright white half-moons under his eyes where I assumed he placed small tanning goggles, and impressively coifed, bright blond hair, which upon close inspection looked to be all his … As he extended his hand, I made a mental note to check its size. It was smaller than mine, but did not seem unusually so.” (What?)
8.) “I stared at the soft white pouches under his expressionless blue eyes. I remember thinking in that moment that the president doesn’t understand the FBI’s role in American life.” (Again, what?)
9.) Comey also writes that Trump asked, “rhetorically, I assumed — whether he seemed like a guy who needed the service of prostitutes. He then began discussing cases where women had accused him of sexual assault, a subject I had not raised. He mentioned a number of women, and seemed to have memorized their allegations.” (???)
10.) Comey claims that John Kelly, who today is White House chief of staff, told him “he was sick about my firing [in May 2017] and that he intended to quit in protest. He said he didn’t want to work for dishonorable people who would treat someone like me in such a manner. I urged Kelly not to do that, arguing that the country needed principled people around this president. Especially this president.”
11.) “This president is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values. His leadership is transactional, ego driven and about personal loyalty.” (Comey — who famously leaked highly sensitive material — could be describing himself.)
12.) “We are experiencing a dangerous time in our country,” says Comey, “with a political environment where basic facts are disputed, fundamental truth is questioned, lying is normalized and unethical behavior is ignored, excused or rewarded.”
13.) Comey also writes that he never saw Trump laugh — a sign, according to the disgraced Comey, of the chief executive’s “deep insecurity, his inability to be vulnerable or to risk himself by appreciating the humor of others, which, on reflection, is really very sad in a leader, and a little scary in a president.”
Tell us what you think about all of this in the comments section below this article.