In the time since Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey to try to make the Russia scandal go away, Comey has largely allowed others to speak for him. He’s remained quiet and allowed politicians and reporters to point out that Trump committed obstruction of justice and painted his own guilt. But he’s allowed friends to relay his personal thoughts to the media. And the word from them sounds like good news to those who oppose Trump.
The word, according to an ABC News report, can in fact be summed up in one word: James Comey is “furious” (link). But he’s even more upset about how he was fired than the fact that he was fired. Trump threw around words like “atrocities” and “showboat” in an attempt to rub the firing in Comey’s face, and in so doing, he besmirched the FBI itself – asserting that it’s been in “turmoil.”
As we’ve seen before, Comey seems to care more about what the public thinks of the FBI than he does about what the public thinks of him personally. And Trump’s attacks on Comey’s tenure at the FBI do come off a lot like attacks on everyone at the FBI. Comey did a lot of damage, to the nation and to the FBI itself, by sending that misleading letter about Hillary Clinton just eleven days before the election. Since that time, he seemed to be trying to fix things, and trying to salvage the FBI’s reputation. One has to wonder how far Comey might now go, as an outsider, to vindicate the FBI and help expose the Trump scandals the FBI has been trying to investigate.
Last night I joked online that this might end with the mild mannered James Comey transforming into the Incredible Hulk and smashing Trump Tower. And yet the ABC piece has Comey’s friends saying that he’s needed “considerable restraint.” Who is he, Bruce Banner?
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report