Former FBI Director James Comey staged an intensely personal attack against President Trump on Sunday April 15th, saying in an ABC News interview that Mr. Trump was a chronic liar who “is morally unfit to be President.”
Mr. Comey, who was dismissed by Trump last year and is on a publicity tour for his tell-all memoir A Higher Loyalty, surprisingly noted that people should be cautious when calling for impeachment of the President. But concluded the American public was “duty bound” to vote Mr. Trump out of office.
While Mr. Comey stated in the interview that it wasn’t his place to vote in an election due to his FBI Director position, his wife Patrice Failor wanted Hillary Clinton to win — even as her husband controversially reopened an investigation into her emails just days before America was to vote. Her hope was that Clinton would take the new probe in stride, and back the FBI.
After all, to many Americans – nobody is above the law. In truth, we all are innocent until proven guilty.
Clinton criticized the FBI for publicly declaring it was looking once again at her email usage after classified communications to top aide Huma Abedin were found on her husband Anthony Weiner’s computer.
After the election, Failor and her daughters attended the Women’s March a day after President Trump’s inauguration.
Comey, like a skilled political candidate, will apparently be repeating his “Trump is unfit to be President” message during A Higher Loyalty’s coast-to-coast book tour that includes many interviews and speaking events.
In addition to stating Trump is unfit to lead the nation, Comey called the President a “person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they’re pieces of meat, who lies constantly.”
Where will this all lead? At this time, nobody knows for sure. But with every Comey interview and every Trump tweet, there will be plenty of publicity to keep A Higher Loyalty in the public eye.
Here are some more thoughts about what Comey has written in A Higher Loyalty:
Running through the book, a sort of geek chorus, is Comey’s doctrine of “ethical leadership,” an often preachy and sometimes profound collection of principles that he believes should govern those who govern. “A Higher Loyalty” is the brand extension of James Comey: the upright citizen turned philosopher, the lawman as thought leader. “Values — like truth, integrity, and respect for others, to name just a few — serve as external reference points for ethical leaders to make decisions,” Comey writes. “Ethical leaders choose a higher loyalty to those core values over their own personal gain.” – The Washington Post
Former FBI Director James Comey’s scathing review will not settle the arguments about President Trump, nor will it calm the controversy over its author. But it will furnish mountains of ammunition for combatants on all sides. – NPR
Comey portrays Trump as a cataclysmic threat to the nation. As for Trump’s expectation of personal loyalty, he puts Trump on par with a mafia don, writing that Trump’s demand was like a “Cosa Nostra induction ceremony – with Trump in the role of the family boss, asking me if I have what it takes to be a ‘made man’.” – The Guardian
Shocking as all this should be, the fact that we have reached the point where the nation’s former top cop is publicly discussing the mob-like behavior of a sitting President became inevitable on election night 2016. And though the right-wing media is working overtime to call the Trump-godfather comparison obscene and histrionic, my time studying the Donald has taught me it’s actually quite apt. – Michael D’antonio, The New York Daily News
“This president is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values,” Comey writes. “His leadership is transactional, ego driven and about personal loyalty.”
Decades before he led the F.B.I.’s investigation into whether members of Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election, Comey was a career prosecutor who helped dismantle the Gambino crime family; and he doesn’t hesitate in these pages to draw a direct analogy between the Mafia bosses he helped pack off to prison years ago and the current occupant of the Oval Office. – NY Times
Amidst the deceit, hypocrisy of naked partisanship of Washington DC – “waist deep in the sh—“, as he puts it – he explains his decisions and coyly invites you to judge them kindly. He almost gets away with it. – The Telegraph
Though the memoir is surely filled with plenty of similarly delicious accounts of Trump’s buffoonery, it also paints a grave picture of his presidency, which Comey likens to a “forest fire.” – Esquire.com
Comey revisits conflicts between duty and politics under three presidents: as deputy attorney general, wrangling with the Bush White House over the legality of interrogation procedures such as waterboarding; in a dramatic scene, guarding the hospitalized attorney general John Ashcroft from White House officials’ bedside efforts to reauthorize illegal surveillance programs; and overseeing the FBI’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s emails (he revisits and explains the actions that, it has been claimed, cost her the election). Comey mines his recollections for leadership lessons, with Barack Obama, whom he admires, furnishing the best examples. His damning portrait of Trump, on the other hand, is a study in unethical, off-putting anti-leadership… – PublishersWeekly.com
Sources: NY Times, USA Today, NY Daily News