Ok, Now Comey is Starting to Win Me Over
You know me-assuming you’ve read me for any length of time. I have been as tough a critic of Comey as anyone and I believe deservedly so.
And there does remain a whole host of questions about how he conducted the email investigation.
There is a current review in the DOJ’s IG office about the email probe which will be completed at the end of the year. We still do need a Congressional investigation-along with the IG’s findings. To be sure, not just Comey needs to be investigated here but the entire agency-as well as the alleged rogue agents who forced his hand late in October into writing that Comey letter.
But I never did call for him to be fired-certainly not yet and certainly not by Trump who is being investigated for Trump Russia collusion. And I never saw firing Comey as an end in itself-though it might be part of the consequences of what would be a long investigation that would last many months-maybe a year or more.
But some have had a much more elevated view of the fired FBI Director-Louise Mensch, Claude Taylor. These are two folks who I believe are worth following as they do have a track record of getting things right. Now I agree it’s possible that Mensch sometimes refused to admit when she gets things wrong-and if true she’d be better off reconsidering that.
But what her detractors can’t admit-Seth Abramson, Naveed Jamail-is that she has gotten many things right. IMO a guy as talented as Abramson is would be better putting his own talents of legal analysis to work and let Mensch’s work speak for itself. If she really were a charlatan people would vote with their feet.
Abramson now says we should only follow the Steele Dossier in following Trump Russia. This ignores the fact that Mensch was one of the first to say we should follow the Dossier and take it seriously-when the MSM was dismissing it as ‘uncorroborated’-unverified doesn’t mean untrue.
Still, despite Mensch’s admiration for Comey I’ve been very skeptical. However, I do think that Trump’s outrageous termination-and the disrespectful way it was carried out-have maybe given him his shot at redemption. In some ways his having no skin in the game gives him a chance to serve the public in a new way and maybe finally earn him the reputation he’s always dreamed of as independent with fierce integrity.
I was disappointed to hear yesterday afternoon that Comey had declined to testify before Congress but Claude Taylor assured us on Twitter that this is just Comey biding his time.
What the NY Times has now broken has done more than anything I’ve heard about Comey to raise his reputation-at least in my eyes.
“Mr. Comey made no comment, but later in the day he declined a request to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. According to a close associate of Mr. Comey, he is willing to testify, but wants it to be in public.”
So he wants to set the record straight.
“Why would James Comey be pushing for his testimony to be in public hearings? There’s really only one reason for it. He wants to be able to deliver his testimony, in what might be the final public statement he ever gets to make in this kind of capacity, before the largest audience possible. Whatever he’s planning to reveal about Donald Trump and/or the FBI’s Russia investigation, he wants to make sure the American people and the world get to hear it directly from him, with no opportunity for any Trump loyalists on the Congressional committee to twist his words.”
It’s particularly important for Comey now for no Trump loyalist-a la Chuck Grassley-to twist his words as Trump has made some incredible claims over the last few days.
Of course, as clueless as Trump is he thought telling us that Comey told him over dinner that he wasn’t under investigation would help him. He even mentioned the notion that maybe he had taped Comey as if that would help him.
What Trump has said about this has the beautiful feature that whether he has told the truth or not it’s equally damning for him. But if you believed what he said about Comey’s conduct, it’d be pretty damning for Comey too.
So part of why Comey wants a public testimony is to clear his name and set the record straight. Because he himself could be subject to prosecution if he did beg to eat dinner with Donald Trump and then assured him he wasn’t being investigated.
Anyway, I can’t wait for that testimony and maybe Comey will turn out to be a pretty good guy after all-though one who made some very serious mistakes in the email probe.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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