“James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired. He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. He lied to Congress under OATH,” Trump wrote in a statement that stretched across two Twitter posts. “He is a weak and untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI. His handling of the Crooked Hillary Clinton case, and the events surrounding it, will go down as one of the worst ‘botch jobs’ of history. It was my great honor to fire James Comey!”
James Comey is 57 years old, and I’m certain that he thought his appointment as Director of the FBI would be his last governmental job. His book, A Higher Loyalty, is scheduled to be published on April 17, 2018, and I’ve already ordered a copy. Most people like Trump are responding to short excerpts which have been posted to the Internet. I shall not enter the fray. No mosh pits for me, thank you.
James Comey has served four Presidents: Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump in leadership positions. His career has been a steady series of promotions. His career has been mostly in governmental positions, although he did work in private practice. After graduating from the University of Chicago, with a law degree, he worked as a law clerk for United States District Judge John M. Walker Jr. in Manhattan. He joined the Attorneys Office of the US Southern District Court of New York in 1987. As a side note, the head of the Southern District Court, Attorney Geoffrey Berman is now considered disloyal (among other things) to Trump after approving the search warrant on Cohen. Berman was appointed by Trump in January 2018.
There are many achievements of Comey’s career. When he worked in the Southern District, he helped prosecute the Gambino crime family .In November 2002, he led the prosecution of three men involved in one of the largest identity fraud cases in American history. The fraud had lasted two years and resulted in thousands of people across the country collectively losing well over $3 million. He also led the indictment of Adelphia Communications founder John Rigas for bank fraud, wire fraud, and securities fraud. Rigas was convicted of the charges in 2004 and in 2005, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. Adelphia Corporation was forced to file for bankruptcy after it acknowledged that it took $3.3 billion in false loans. It was “one of the most elaborate and extensive corporate frauds in United States history.”
The links below, provides more details on the accomplishments of James Comey, generally working for the District Courts, the Department of Justice and ultimately the Director of the FBI, as appointed by Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2013. He was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 93 to 1. Rand Paul was the lone dissenter, concerned about drone surveillance. I think the CNN summary of “Who is James Comey” is very interesting and worth reading. I can see why Republicans might like him, as he was part of the Whitewater investigation, determining if the Clinton’s broke the law in their Arkansas real estate investigation.
I’ve already covered extensively Comey’s investigation of Clinton’s email server. I concluded his actions were appropriate for a truly unique situation, given absolute time constraints, being the US elections and the highly contentious statements by Trump at political rallies. Comey has explained his actions, which have at times either upset Republicans or Democrats (never both at the same time), as he twice opened and closed the email investigation. Being non-partisan leaves you open to partisan attacks from both sides. As far as a leaker of information, this did occur, but what was leaked was Comey’s notes of a meeting he had with President Trump. It was part of his testimony to Congress, and I’ve included a link on this matter. My comments are generally under FBI as a category and James Comey as a tag.
What I think irritated Donald Trump the most, was that Comey was a dogged prosecutor and non-partisan in all his activities. “A Higher Loyalty” seems a fitting title. As far as being a liar, Trump really is the last person to call anyone a liar. So far, politifact.com shows he tells the truth about 5% of the time.
Comey, A Higher Loyalty, 2018 Available at Amazon.com
Not out yet. I plan not to buy any more books from Amazon. I will go to my local bookstore, buy a book, and read it while having a cup of coffee. I might be there all day so I’ll have lunch there too. It’s already on the best sellers list and not a copy has been sent to the public.
CNN: Who is James Comey: 7 things to know about the fired FBI director
Note: I hate all the ads that come with these links.
Trump lashes out at Comey as ‘untruthful slime ball’
A Leaker’s Admission: How the Media Covered, and Factored Into, Comey’s Testimony