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?
A curious request given the report's bottom line was in fact this: "We conclude that Comey’s retention, handling, and dissemination of certain Memos violated Department and FBI policies, and his FBI Employment Agreement." https://t.co/TOP5btZxNE— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) August 29, 2019
“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.
Actually, the IG basically rebuked Comey for setting the village on fire, and then spending two years claiming he did it for the village's own good. Such a refreshingly honest view of the world. https://t.co/u4MKoGDwC6— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) August 30, 2019
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:
Based on my reading so far, DOJ was right to decline a prosecution on @Comey— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) August 29, 2019
He clearly violated his employment agreement and FBI policy, if he were still with the department he'd be fired and lose his clearance
But I don't think there's a crime#ConfessYourUnpopularOpinion
My understanding of the law is that there's only a crime if Comey disclosed classified info with the requisite intent— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) August 29, 2019
Reading the IG report, it looks like he disclosed a total of six words of classified to his lawyers
Very likely accidental
The case for prosecuting @HillaryClinton was MUCH stronger— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) August 29, 2019
Hillary had a private server, hackable, with plenty of classified on it
Much better argument for gross negligence there, and she wasn't charged
(I realize @Comey made that decision but still)
That said, @Comey shouldn't see this as a vindication, though, and neither should we— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) August 29, 2019
Again – if he were still at the FBI, this report would be sufficient to fire him
He should never work in government again
And never have a security clearance again
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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