Democrats join Trump in rip­ping Comey

The Columbus Dispatch - - Front Page - By Michael D. Shear

WASH­ING­TON — When it comes to James Comey’s book-tour cru­sade against Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, the ques­tion for hard-core Hil­lary Clin­ton fans boils down to this: Curse Comey, or cheer him? Curse him, mostly. They may be card­car­ry­ing mem­bers of “the Re­sis­tance,” who op­pose ev­ery­thing that the pres­i­dent stands for, but Clin­ton’s for­mer aides and ad­vis­ers are still too an­gry at Comey, the for­mer FBI di­rec­tor, to see past what they view as his egre­gious ac­tions that may have handed the White House to Trump.

In in­ter­views, Twit­ter posts, tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ances and pri­vate grum­blings, Team Hil­lary is us­ing Comey’s tell-all book to re­lit­i­gate their griev­ances, even at the risk of un­der­min­ing Comey’s cred­i­bil­ity and hand­ing Re­pub­li­cans — and Trump him­self — more am­mu­ni­tion to ques­tion the char­ac­ter of one of the pres­i­dent’s most high-pro­file po­lit­i­cal ad­ver­saries.

“The dam­age Comey did to the coun­try by the role he played in the elec­tion far, far sur­passes any credit he now gets for call­ing Trump out,” said Jared Bern­stein, who served as one of Clin­ton’s se­nior eco­nomic ad­vis­ers dur­ing the cam­paign. “His­tory will re­mem­ber and judge him for the for­mer, not the lat­ter.”

In his book, “A Higher Loy­alty,” Comey staunchly de­fends his ac­tions dur­ing one of the coun­try’s most­po­lar­ized cam­paigns. He says that hold­ing a news con­fer­ence to clear Clin­ton of mis­han­dling emails was the right thing to do to pro­tect the in­de­pen­dent rep­u­ta­tion of the FBI. And he says that pub­licly re­open­ing the email case 11 days be­fore the elec­tion was a no-win sit­u­a­tion, and he ar­gues that cov­er­ing it up would have been worse.

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