James Comey: Gone and Good Riddance

Here's my take on the recent Comey hearing

Yesterday, former FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, revealing some important insights into both his relationship with President Trump and his character as a public servant. While many Trump supporters are pleased that Comey's testimony seemed to exhonerate Trump, I think the revelations about Comey's modus operandi as FBI Director are the most important takeaway.

But first off, I think it’s important to note that the investigation into the Trump team’s alleged collusion with Russia, the accusation around which this whole debacle revolves, has not been substantiated in any way. The attempt to paint Trump’s staff, and even the President himself, as Russian sympathizers or operatives remains a manifestation of modern-day McCarthyism, relying on paranoia, circumstantial evidence, and unverified, anonymous leaks.

Just wanted to make sure we're all the same page.

Overall, Comey's testimony painted him as someone more concerned with political maneuovering and public opinion than FBI investigations and the integrity of his position. He admitted to letting media stories drive operations (RIP New York Times confirmed fake news), to providing information to his associate and requesting they leak said information to the press, and to apparently being too passive to call out misconduct by people like Loretta Lynch and President Trump. Although at the hearing Comey was indignant about criticisms directed to himself and the FBI in general, his own account has given the American people more than enough to worry about.

Comey alleges that President Trump told him that he "hopes" he would let the Flynn issue drop, and that Loretta Lynch asked him to refer to the Clinton email probe as a "matter", not an "investigation." Both incidents are at best questionable behavior and at worst an attempt to obstruct a federal investigation. By Comey's own admission, however, even though he had reservations about these conversations, he in no way attempted to either clarify the exchanges or push back against the potential attempts to derail the FBI's work. Either the events happened as he describes them, indicating Comey was too afraid of the political ramifications that would come with opposing figures such as Lynch and Trump to stick up for the integrity of the bureau, or he's lying about them. The excuse that he didn't feel these cases represented "a hill worth dying on" holds absolutely no water.

Additionally, Comey's reference to looking into a New York Times story about Trump's Russia collusion is worrying for more than one reason. FBI Directors should not be taking cues from mainstream media outlets as I would hope they have more information and resources at their disposal than the average, Twitter-verified, lefty-journalist. And, just as crucial, this matter also brings attention to the widespread intelligence leaks that have occured surrounding the Russia investigation. The fact that classified information seems to be spreading throughout the press faster than an STI is a testiment to how broken the intelligence community really is. Instead of attempting to address these leaks, however, Comey was trying to play catch up with the media, apparently no more informed than the rest of the American public.

In closing, I'm glad Comey is no longer heading the FBI, and the only thing I wish is that he had been let go sooner.

Comments (13)
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Jono
Jono

Being from the UK and admittedly not very knowledgeable on American politics, I must say it's always a surprise when I see someone defending Trump in this kind of situation after seeing biased media on TV celebrating Comey, while obviously bashing literally everyone on the right. It gives me this subconscious thought that "Oh so he's not the good guy? Oh okay, but I'm still confused".

NotTimeEnough
NotTimeEnough

Have had a low opinion of Comey since the Hillary investigation. Where he basically said yeah she is guilty but she didn't mean it so it's OK, recommend not pursuing it. Other Americans have been prosecuted for far less damaging violations of classified information and yet, Hillary still walks among the general population.

Brazilnut
Brazilnut

How do you know 'kek' ? hahah

Gundahar
Gundahar

In regards of the intelligence community and the continuous information leaking, I am not convinced it is solely because the community is "broken" or "ill capacitated" to perform their work; for sure there are many staffers at the white house and other government institutions that for unknown reasons have decided to take that risk and leak information in such a consistent level that "overflow" the systems set in place to prevent such events. On top of the question of competence of the intelligence community the equally important question is... why there are so many leaks?

KeithW223
KeithW223

That was a really good article and I too am glad this clown is gone. I have Comey figured out. I used to work in private law enforcement and attended the police academy at Goldenwest College in Huntington Beach. I did not become a police officer because I'm color blind and at the time one could not get hired with a police department and be color blind. I was also in the military.

During my time in L.E. I either worked with or met police, FBI agents and secret service. Unfortunately I met and had to deal with people like Comey on numerous occasions. Comey's mindset is that he views anyone who is not in law enforcement as either criminals or potential criminals. Take a good look at Comey's face when he first meets President Trump, as I've seen that look many times from people who think everyone's a criminal. He looks at the President and smiles just enough not to be rude but has a look of distrust in his face.

I once worked for high fashion department store in Beverly Hills as an undercover agent (the most violent store that I ever worked at) a number of years ago . The security director for that company was either previous FBI, or secret service. He dressed like Comey, sounded like Comey and was a class A jerk who was totally suspicious of everyone. He was polite, professional, and well mannered. But he didn't like anyone and thought everyone was either a potential "dirt bag" or criminal in the making with the exception of other law enforcement people. That's James Comey. Not all people in law enforcement are like that. In fact most of them are not.

Stevie23
Stevie23

But you spelt behavior wrong

Stevie23
Stevie23

Great article, i'm impressed!

Spudosan-101
Spudosan-101

Wonder if the NSA is hiring, I'm sure they could use someone as corruptible as Comey is.

Konoruck
Konoruck

another accusation of ties to Russia for a Trump appointee? Do they think anyone outside of Maxine Waters is buying this bunk? Great column Roaming, I felt his testimony, from what I saw, seemed to be a push for both sides. With the biggest part being the confirmation that Trump was not under investigation(though depending on the day of the week everyone says this guy is a liar or the holy grail of information)

Iamtheking48
Iamtheking48

@RoamingMillennial http://www.dailywire.com/news/17269/5-things-you-need-know-about-trumps-pick-fbi-aaron-bandler people over at the daily wire give a bit about the pick but in all honestly i believe if trump hired a new white hoise gardener they accuse them of being a russian agent to

RoamingMillennial
RoamingMillennial

@Iamtheking48 Same! Trump apparently wants Christopher Wray, who I don't know much about, the press is already accusing him of having ties to Russia. kek.

Iamtheking48
Iamtheking48

Never liked james comey i think the fact he leaked to the nyt to get back at president Trump shows he is an opportunist also how he handle both this russian investigation and the clintom scandel shows he wasnt good for the role as the head of the Fbi i look foward to seeing what the next head does.