Former FBI Director James Comey started his get-rich book promotion tour recently by unashamedly sitting down for a heavily-edited puff piece with Clinton sidekick, George Stephanopoulos. I didn’t watch it. Nor did I watch the Country Music Awards. I think we watched a rerun of a Wyatt Earp movie that night, much to the chagrin of the little lady.
I did however, listen carefully to the pundits regarding the interview. I have more faith in pundits than politicians. Unsurprisingly, I understand the interview was somewhat of a flop, much like the predictions are about Comey’s generic and defensive book. It got 9.8 million viewers, as compared to the 22 million viewers porn actress and media darling, Stormy Daniels got.
OK, in all honesty, I’m jealous of his 9.8 million viewers for the beginning of a book tour. Yes, I wish I had that type of audience when my book came out. I think I had 45-50 viewers, and ten of them were my family. But I assure you, I put that envy aside for this commentary.
It was said that George asked some tough questions… which Comey calmly deflected and George unsurprisingly did not follow up on. We did learn that Comey considers his wife a great source of advice and knowledge. That’s wonderful. But, then we learn Comey’s wife and daughters marched in an anti-Trump rally the day after Trump was inaugurated. Think about that – Trump was Comey’s boss. Trump hadn’t even gotten a chance to warm the chair behind the Resolute Desk and Comey’s family is out there marching against the man.
With all of Comey’s shenanigans coming to light, how many times have you thought of J. Edgar Hoover? I know I have but recall that I might be cynical. For those of you who don’t recall Hoover, he ruled the FBI, and apparently most presidents, with an iron fist for 48 years. He knew their dirty secrets and threatened to tell them – back when the media didn’t. In public, Hoover appeared as wholesome and American as they came, all the while blackmailing presidents and privately leading a life of debauchery. Hoover’s reign of terror ended upon his death in 1972, and for the most part the FBI has been seen as reasonably well run, disciplined, and dedicated to the cause of which they were established.
Now along comes James Comey and the cast of creatures under his employ. Before Mueller’s “Russian investigation” started, I recall a “60 Minutes” interview done with Director Comey in 2014. I remember being impressed with his countenance. He certainly seemed professional and a stand-up guy. He prophetically mentioned at the time, “you cannot trust people in power.”
From that point on it was all downhill with Mr. Comey There was the Clinton probe, the dropping of the Clinton probe, and then inexplicably picking it back up again…and announcing it just before the election. In a head-scratching announcement, the FBI Director handed the election to Donald Trump, a man he did not like nor trust we later learned. (If you don’t believe that, ask Hillary.) For the record, we still don’t know about those Clinton emails or her involvement with Russia.
Then came the information of the wire-tap of Trump’s office; Comey’s leaks to the press; Comey’s secret twitter account leaking under a pseudonym; acting FBI director Andrew McCabe’s lying before Congress and subsequent firing just before his 50th birthday retirement (government work on our dime must be a good gig); and who will ever forget Agent Peter Strzok, assigned to the “Russian investigation” and his attorney, Lisa Page, having an extra-marital affair with each other while texting peculiar statements seemingly detrimental to Trump’s election, including a hint of a some sort of nefarious plan on the chance Trump did get elected.
Adding to the “deep state” image is the other motley crew over at the Department of Justice. Loretta Lynch allowing Bill Clinton on her plane in AZ, of which Comey never came clean about; AG Jeff Sessions recusal of anything concerning Russia and seemingly Trump (what the hell is he there for?); and now it comes to light that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and his lawyer-wife both have representational ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton going back decades.
Regardless of what you might have thought or heard about the interview, has anyone considered what James Comey has done to the reputation of the FBI, arguably one of the most powerful organizations on earth? Ask yourself, with everything that is going on do you trust the FBI or Department of Justice?
Operating within the shadow of Congress, no wonder it’s called a Swamp.