James Comey was an imposing presence at the FBI. At 6-foot-8 he was head and shoulders above most, and from this lofty perch he often looked down his nose at everyone else. After being unceremoniously dumped by President Trump, he now feels the need to preach to us and has written his version of the events for a book titled “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” which is coming out later this month.
Those who have worked with Comey say preaching is something he did quite often when facing colleagues who disagree with him. That earned him the title of “The Cardinal.”
Newspapers and television networks have been working overtime to make sure Comey has as loud a megaphone as possible in which to tell his tale of woe and sling as much mud as possible in the direction of his persecutor in the White House.
While Comey’s firing was done in the most humiliating way possible, in less civilized societies his boss likely would have run him through or sent him to the guillotine for dereliction of duty. His firing was a result, in part, of his oversight in the Clinton email scandal, based on a recommendation from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and detailed in a memorandum from Assistant Attorney General Ron Rosenstein. Further evidence of the politicization of the FBI under Comey was laid out in detail by former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova in a speech to Hillsdale College and reprinted in the Feb. 28 edition of Imprimis.
The president was candid when he admitted, yes, of course, Comey’s handling of the investigation of possible Russian collusion in the election was on his mind at the time of the firing. Seriously, Trump would have had to have a lobotomy to erase this from his memory. However, that was not the politically correct answer, and it gave his enemies in Congress and the media addition ammunition to fire his way.
Nevertheless, Comey’s conduct post-firing was not above reproach. He leaked the contents of notes he had supposedly taken of a February 2017 meeting with Trump in which he claims the president asked him to drop his investigation of Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser. Was this simply a “Dear Diary,” or were these “notes” an official classified government document? If it was the former, it is a case of he said; he said. If it was the latter, it is a crime.
Mr. Comey, despite wrapping himself in a cloak of piety, is no saint, nor is he the consummate prosecutor we have been led to believe. Over the course of his career, he has taken the high road when it suits his superiors, but has come up short when dealing with high-placed political figures like the Clintons on more than one occasion.
In 1996, Comey was the deputy special counsel to the Senate Whitewater Committee. Whitewater was a land investment of the Clintons and Bill and Susan McDougal that involved campaign contributions, illegal loans and the failure of the government-insured Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan, which cost the government $73 million. Whitewater and Madison were handled by Hillary Clinton through the Rose Law Firm. The McDougals went to jail and so did Associate Attorney General Webb Hubble who was managing partner of the Rose Law Firm at that time.
The Clintons got off scot-free for lack of evidence, in part because Hillary Clinton ordered the firm to destroy records relating to her representation of Madison while the savings and loan was under investigation by federal regulators. Also, Clinton’s billing records mysteriously disappeared. Printed copies of the supposed billing records later mysteriously turned up in the living quarters of the White House and were turned over to authorities.
Comey later gave a pass to Bill Clinton on his controversial pardon of Marc Rich, a campaign contributor and donor to the Clinton Foundation.
The attorney on the Whitewater matter during Bill Clinton’s campaign for president was none other than Loretta Lynch, the same Loretta Lynch who met with Bill Clinton on the tarmac at the Phoenix airport during the height of the email investigation. Yes, the very same attorney general who ordered Mr. Comey to refer to this investigation as “a matter” – and he complied.
Thanks to Judicial Watch, which secured documents through the Freedom of Information Act, we now know that Comey was drafting a letter exonerating Hillary Clinton in May of 2016, prior to interviewing key witnesses, including Clinton herself. In other words, the fix was in!
So when Comey begins his grand tell-all book tour, don’t buy a word of it!