Comey courted Trump con­fi­dences

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

Is for­mer FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey so ob­tuse that he does not re­al­ize his own com­plic­ity in or­ches­trat­ing his Jan. 6, 2017, meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Trump in a man­ner that set the pa­ram­e­ters for the two men’s in­ter­per­sonal re­la­tion­ship (“James Comey de­bunks New York Times story that fu­eled un­proven Trump-Rus­sia col­lu­sion,” Web, June 8)?

At the end of the group brief­ing that day, Mr. Comey took the ini­tia­tive to re­main be­hind to give Mr. Trump a pri­vate brief­ing. Dur­ing the brief­ing, Mr. Comey in­formed Mr. Trump of the im­mi­nent re­lease of the “Trump dossier” and as­sured the pres­i­dent that he was not per­son­ally un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Within the cli­mate of con­tin­ued leaks of clas­si­fied in­tel­li­gence and in­nu­endo per­tain­ing to Mr. Trump’s as­so­ciates, Mr. Trump would have taken Mr. Comey’s over­tures and as­sur­ance as a sig­nal that Mr. Comey pre­ferred to meet with Mr. Trump pri­vately, that Mr. Comey had an un­der­stand­ing of what Mr. Trump per­ceived to be a “witch hunt,” and that Mr. Trump might be able to con­fide in Mr. Comey.

Why, then, would Mr. Comey be sur­prised that Mr. Trump would in­vite him to a pri­vate din­ner Jan. 27, or tele­phone him di­rectly?

WIL­LIAM T. FIDURSKI Clark, N.J.

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