There’s nothing else former FBI Director James Comey cherishes more than the opportunity to mount his golden horse and cast aspersions on the moral and ethical failings of others. Beset with the delusion that he is a man without sin, Comey has sat on high and judged Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Republicans in Congress, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, current Attorney General William Barr, and anyone else that he deems unworthy of his mighty standard. He is an insufferable, self-appointed Prince of Principle, which is painfully ironic given that he was instrumental in overseeing one of the most crooked investigations in the FBI’s history.
This week, Comey is turning his judgmental eye on retiring Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein’s primary failing, it seems, was in continuing to work for the Justice Department after President Trump righteously brought the hammer down on Comey’s career.
“I think people like that, like Rod Rosenstein, who are people of accomplishment but not real sterling character – strong character – find themselves trapped,” Comey said at a CNN Town Hall event. “And then they start telling themselves a story to justify their being trapped which is, ‘Yeah, he’s awful, but the country needs me.’”
This is dishonorable behavior, says the man who, by his own account, was asked by President Trump to swear a loyalty oath in a private dinner. Comey didn’t throw his napkin down and storm out; he kept on working at FBI director for as long as Trump would let him. Which, as it turned out, was not very long after all. Comey apparently has rewritten that history to make himself into the man who could not be compromised. The man whose soul Trump could not eat. It’s quite silly.
“Republicans are doing this in Congress. ‘Yeah, it’s awful, but if I speak I’ll get defeated and this nation needs me here right now.’ So they start to make little compromises to stay on the team. Talk about collusion, saying that’s what I need to do to survive and in the process, he has eaten their soul, they’re lost. So that’s what happens to so many of people,” Comey continued.
It takes a great deal of patience to defend Rosenstein, who made it his mission to obstruct Republican-led oversight committees in the House and Senate. But that’s how annoying Comey is; after you’ve heard him talk for a few minutes, you find yourself almost wanting to take up for the Clintons. Almost. As for Rosenstein, he may have disgraced himself with his cockamamie idea of spying on the president, but at least he was willing to stand by the Mueller report when it turned out to exonerate Trump. That’s more credit than we can give Comey, who’s out there—
You know what, let’s just let Trump have the final word.
“James Comey is a disgrace to the FBI & will go down as the worst Director in its long and once proud history,” the president tweeted this week. “He brought the FBI down, almost all Republicans & Democrats thought he should be FIRED, but the FBI will regain greatness because of the great men & women who work there!”
What more needs to be said?