Last month, fired FBI Director James Comey released his much-awaited book “A Higher Loyalty.” Let me first say that I have not read it, though I’ve read reviews and watched extensive coverage on it.
But here are some points I’d like to make that I think can be made without reading the entire book. First, I think the timing of the release, in the middle of the Russia probe, is preposterous. Comey apparently spends much of the book decrying the politicization of his former agency. But the act of the book itself is hugely political.
Second, his disdain for Trump is obvious but also seems personal. Here again, Comey has been lauded as sort of a career government person who remained, throughout his career, above politics. But when it comes to Trump, this seems impossibly disingenuous.
Third, Comey, while admitting some mistakes, or things he’d do differently given another chance, is the only person in America that thinks he didn’t botch the Clinton email debacle. First amongst those that think that are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Finally, Comey is very clearly jaded by the fact that he was fired and has taken to the talk show circuit for what seems like at once both retribution and financial gain. His book deal and tour are so patently about money that it’s difficult to take some of Comey’s more important points seriously. (His book deal is reportedly worth at least $2 million.)
So, while Comey has made a good chunk of change, I think that he will go down in history as an FBI director who played an unfortunate and oversized role in the presidential election of 2016. He very badly misused (maybe abused) his position and accomplished exactly the opposite of his stated goal of keeping politics out of law enforcement.
In this regard, I would say he is a downright hypocrite. Where do you stand?
Michael Sarafa is Co-Publisher of The Chaldean News