The Comey Memos: The blind men and the elephant

Comey Memos

Shortly after receiving the redacted copies of the Comey Memos, somebody in Congress quickly leaked them to the media.

Because, of course.

And, the memos either prove that James Comey is a sanctimonious liar or Donald Trump thinks he’s above the law.

Or that the Comey memos themselves show President Trump didn’t obstruct justice or President Trump tried to obstruct justice.

Over at Fox News, the headline reads: Comey memos: House Republican committee chairmen say documents prove Comey never felt obstructed.

Whereas over at CNN, the ominous headline on the main page is: Comey memos renew questions over Trump’s behavior.

In other words, nobody can seem to agree on what the memos show.

It reminds me of the story of the blind men and the elephant.

Remember that?

A bunch of blind men are introduced to an elephant and each of them describes what it is. One grabs the tail and says, “It’s a rope.” While another, stumbling across one of its enormous ears declares, “No. It’s a fan.” And another pats its side and concludes that it’s a wall. Another, touching the tusk, announces, “It’s a spear!” Yet one more reaches for its massive leg and says, No, it’s a tree.” Finally, having discovered the elephant’s trunk, the last blind man assures them all that it is a large serpent.

This is the story of the Comey Memos.

Everyone sees what they want to see. It is their preconceived biases, their wishful thinking and their clear agendas – not the contents of the memos themselves – that drive their conclusions.

Yes, let’s all take the word of the woman who called the Tax cuts “Armageddon.”

There is one thing you can do to arrive at your own conclusions.

You can read the memos yourself.

Sundance over at The Conservative Treehouse provides them.

Now, this isn’t to say that nobody is going to give an honest assessment of these memos.

Ben Shapiro does a good job of clearing away the noise over at The Daily Wire.

He points out six items worth knowing, but does preface them by saying, “There wasn’t much in the memos we hadn’t already heard from Comey, of course.”

Having read the memos myself, I agree with what Shapiro writes.

There isn’t anything new here.

And there isn’t anything in his accounts that screams, “Trump was trying to bully me!” or “Trump was trying to obstruct justice!!” Nothing.

Really, the only thing that pops out at me are more questions.

Why is it James Comey felt the need to chronicle his interactions with President Trump in this manner?

And how much of his account can we take at face value given what we know about Comey today? Not to mention what we know about Andrew McCabe?

Comey is, as he has proven over the last year, an incredibly self-serving narcissist.

He is motivated by self-interest to portray himself in the most positive light he can.

And that makes his account of these meetings highly suspect to me.

They aren’t sworn affidavits. And they aren’t written under oath.

Instead, they are the agenda-driven musings of someone who was actively involved in undermining the duly elected President of the United States.

In order to come to definite conclusions, one has to assume that James Comey is being entirely forthright and honest these memos.

And nothing about his behavior over the last year would lead me to believe he was either.

But don’t take my word for it. Ignore all the blind men. And read the Comey Memos yourself.

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