I think we know pretty much what is in the James Comey book at this point and it’s pretty standard “disgruntled employee” kind of stuff. The problem is that it’s unnerving and disappointing that someone with the public’s trust such as James Comey stoops to such a level.
I want to really, really digress for a moment so bear with me. Like many men who fought during WWII, my father rarely spoke of events. I’d like to tell one of the two stories he told me.
My dad was probably 120 lbs soaking wet. Because his father forbid him to participate in golden gloves fights growing up, that’s exactly what he did. And, of course, he regularly had the crap beaten out of him. Went he got home, his father finished the job. That’s pretty much all you need to know about my dad.
My dad was a sergeant in the 160th Infantry Regiment and participated in the Philippines’ Campaign. The unit had gone through a number of new Second Lieutenants who were fresh out of Officer Candidate School (OCS).
On one particular day, the unit had its latest kid show up and, unfortunately, so had the Japanese. The new kid jumped to his feet and yelled “Let’s go!” My father grabbed him by the shirt, pulled him to the ground and simply said “you do that again and I’ll kill you myself. Shut up and do exactly what I say, when I say and we’ll see if we can get us both through to the end of the day.”
I thought about this today reading an article about Comey’s book in the NY Times which said
Comey, who was abruptly fired by President Trump on May 9, 2017, has worked in three administrations, and his book underscores just how outside presidential norms Trump’s behavior has been — how ignorant he is about his basic duties as president, and how willfully he has flouted the checks and balances that safeguard our democracy, including the essential independence of the judiciary and law enforcement.
As the image of my dad yanking that new Second Lieutenant to the ground passed in front of my eyes, I thought “what would James Comey do?”
Hopefully we don’t have so short a memory to forget that Donald Trump wasn’t supposed to win. Everyone knew that he had no experience in the job and that he’d need to learn it with OJT. You can safely bet that there were exactly zero meetings before the election about transition. Why should he? The media assured us he was going to lose in a landslide!
Within my memory, the agencies of the government continued to function during the transition of power. This didn’t happen this time with the James Comeys of the world (the Deep State if you must) actively resisting the change of power.
An article in the Daily Telegraph said that —
Comey reveals that Trump said to him when they met for the dinner: ‘I need loyalty. I expect loyalty.’
And this is bad? Is it OK if he’s mostly loyal but sometimes not? Wouldn’t this have been the time to say “Yes Mr. President but if you stand up in the line of fire, someone’s going to shoot your head off and it’s my job to make sure you don’t do that. I have a lot of experience. I can help.”
Did he do that or did he set him himself above the President of the United States? Perhaps the title of the book, “A Higher Loyalty,” really tells us all we need to know.