James Comey’s “Higher Loyalty” is to James Comey

James Comey’s “Higher Loyalty” is to James Comey

The IG Report on James “Higher Loyalty” Comey was released yesterday.  And it’s blistering.

And if Comey hadn’t already been fired from the FBI, he would be run out on a rail over the contents of this report.

Yet for some unbelievable reason, James Comey sees this scathing takedown of his flagrant disregard for FBI rules as a “vindication.” Mr. Higher Loyalty is actually demanding an apology.

For what exactly?

“Golly, Jim. We’re really sorry that we thought you were a dishonest, preening , arrogant prat who thinks the rules don’t apply to you. And we’re doubly sorry we were right.”

In hindsight, I can see why Comey decided to personally play investigator, prosecutor, judge and jury in the Hillary Clinton investigation.

He is a law in and of himself.

And his only “Higher Loyalty” is to himself.

Even the IG Report says as much – describing his decision to leak FBI memos as an attempt “to achieve a personally desired outcome.”

There is nothing honorable about believing the rules don’t apply to you. And you sure as hell aren’t the virtuous boy scout you claim to be.

Comey’s personal animus for Donald Trump was the motivation behind his actions.

This is not someone who put the rule of law and the country first.  Comey put himself first.

As the New York Post editorial “James Comey’s road to disgrace” put it:

It’s clear Comey convinced himself he was completely justified and honorable, each mis­step of the way. By the time he was fired, he’d lost all perspective — so that a man whose job had long involved tracking down illegal leakers opted to turn leaker himself.

If he weren’t still so incredibly full of himself, he’d be a fit object of pity.

I don’t pity him.  But I am sure as heck disgusted by him.

This is James Comey in a nutshell.  Mr. Higher Loyalty.

He and he alone will decide what he is allowed to do – FBI rules be damned.

Like Hillary Clinton, James Comey believes the rules and laws are for the little people.

When you believe your higher loyalty is to yourself, why would the rules ever apply to you?

From Kimberly Strassel’s column “Sneaky, Leaky James Comey:”

This is the nub of it. Mr. Comey clearly detested Mr. Trump from the start. He abused his power and used leaky, sneaky tricks to undermine the presidency. Mr. Comey told the inspector general he had to do it because it was important to “the Nation,” and “I love this country.” Mr. Horowitz has no time for such self-justification: “Comey’s own, personal conception of what was necessary was not an appropriate basis for ignoring the policies and agreements governing the use of FBI records.” The report points out that if every FBI official acted on “personal convictions,” the bureau “would be unable to dispatch its law enforcement duties properly.”

This is the real merit of the inspector general’s report—its clear, ringing reminder that the rules apply to all. Still, it should disturb Americans that a man who has now been repeatedly admonished for “acting unilaterally”—and who so dishonestly spins his actions and history—held positions of such power for so long.

For all the endless blather about how President Trump is undermining the FBI, clearly the one man who has done more damage to that institution was the very man entrusted to lead it.

In other words, Trump was right in firing his miserable ass.

I don’t expect the media to turn on James Comey. So long as he is useful in advancing the anti-Trump narrative, he will be celebrated and praised as if he is the noble, virtuous “last honest man” he pretends to be.

In fact, they wasted no time defending the duplicitous little sneak with the venal “ends justify the means” argument.

Call me cynical, but I didn’t expect Comey to be charged with anything to be perfectly honest.

Part of the problem is this IG Report is too narrow – dealing only with Comey disseminating and leaking those memos.

Sure, the IG found that Comey violated FBI rules and his employment agreement.  And, yes, the summation is absolutely scathing.

But does that rise to the level of criminal?

Will Chamberlain had this take:

What grates my cheese isn’t that Comey won’t be prosecuted, but that Mike Flynn — an actual honorable man — was. He had his entire life thrown into chaos and was dragged through the mud over far, far less.

Are James Comey’s troubles over?

I think it’s too early to say.

Given there is an ongoing investigation into SpyGate, it’s possible Comey isn’t out of the woods yet.

It could be that Comey doing a victory lap over the IG’s blistering report will not age well.

But the cynic in me suspects Mr. Higher Loyalty, like Hillary Clinton before him, will never face justice.

There are two sets of rules – one for us and one for those who believe they are better and more important than us.

It shouldn’t be this way.  In a more perfect union, it wouldn’t be this way.

But we have to live in the world as it is. And this is the way it is.

I would love to be proven wrong and see Mr. Higher Loyalty get what he deserves. But I’m not foolish enough to hold my breath waiting for that to happen.

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5 thoughts on “James Comey’s “Higher Loyalty” is to James Comey

  • August 30, 2019 at 10:35 am
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    Shouldn’t Comey be on CNN’s payroll by now?

  • August 30, 2019 at 10:55 am
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    We can be outraged to our hearts’ content. They could care less. They will never,ever be held to account for a damn thing they do. They know it,we know it.

  • August 30, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    I certainly understand your pessimism, because our entire legal system is completely broken at every level. However, is it possible that, in view of the huge crimes committed by so many who held such high offices of trust and responsibility, Barr and Durham are going to spool it out slowly to the grand finale of prison for these top guys so that the we the public don’t lose complete confidence in government?

  • September 2, 2019 at 6:47 pm
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    The kid on the submarine had no intent to reveal classified info, either. He rotted in prison.

    Comey revealed classified info to his lawyers (who had no security clearance) and the ig report said that comey and his lawyers didn’t reveal classified info to the media. See how the ig changed the subject?

    It’s irrelevant whether he committed a further crime.

    Maria Butino is spending eighteen months in prison for a crime that the doj rarely prosecutes of their friends. The crime of not registering after you lobby for a foreign gov’t. And the eighteen months is three times longer than the guidelines.

    See how all the stories are worded? It was only six words. They werent marked classified when he did it. He didn’t mean to. If there’s anyone stupid enough at this point to not know they’ll be doing the same excuse bullshit on every crime , including the fraudulant fisa warrants, ……

    Newt Gingrich said on a radio show recently that it is obvious that the fix is in and none of them are going to jail.

    Back in the obama fake birth certificate case, a judge before the election said that the case needed to be made after the election. Then after the election, another judge said it was too late. it should have been brought before the election.

    We are being ruled by THE SCUM OF THE EARTH.

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