What to ex­pect in Comey’s new book

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - NEWS - Carolyn McA­tee Cerbin

For­mer FBI di­rec­tor James Comey’s highly an­tic­i­pated book drops next week, and we’re get­ting the first taste of what’s in it, thanks to me­dia out­lets who got early copies.

Get ready to brush up on your mob ter­mi­nol­ogy as we take a peek into A Higher Loy­alty: Truth, Lies, and Lead­er­ship.

1. I’m the boss, see?

Comey knows about the mob. As a pros­e­cu­tor, he helped dis­man­tle the Gam­bino crime fam­ily. So when Comey com­pares Don to a Don, he knows of which he speaks.

“The silent cir­cle of as­sent. The boss in com­plete con­trol. The loy­alty oaths. The us-ver­sus-them world­view. The ly­ing about all things, large and small, in ser­vice to some code of loy­alty that put the or­ga­ni­za­tion above moral­ity and above the truth,” is how Comey de­scribes the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, ac­cord­ing to The New York Times.

2. Ses­sions ‘over­whelmed’

After that fa­mous Oval Of­fice ses­sion in Fe­bru­ary 2017 when Trump asked Comey to stay back so he could pri­vately urge him to drop the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of ousted na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser Michael Flynn, Comey writes he con­fronted At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions.

“You can’t be kicked out of the room so he can talk to me alone,” Comey told Ses­sions, ac­cord­ing to an ex­cerpt in The Washington Post.

“You have to be be­tween me and the pres­i­dent.”

But the AG, whom Comey de­scribes as “both over­whelmed and over­matched by the job,” just “cast his eyes down at the ta­ble, and they darted quickly back and forth, side to side. He said noth­ing. I read in his pos­ture and face a mes­sage that he would not be able to help me.”

3. The tape.

Trump was pretty up­set about the dossier com­piled by for­mer spy Christo­pher Steele and “strongly de­nied the al­le­ga­tions” about pros­ti­tutes uri­nat­ing in front of him dur­ing a 2013 Moscow trip.

Comey writes that the pres­i­dent was ask­ing “rhetor­i­cally, I as­sumed — whether he seemed like a guy who needed the ser­vice of pros­ti­tutes. He then be­gan dis­cussing cases where women had ac­cused him of sex­ual as­sault, a sub­ject I had not raised. He men­tioned a num­ber of women, and seemed to have mem­o­rized their al­le­ga­tions,” ac­cord­ing to the Post.

Trump tried to con­vince Comey the pros­ti­tute por­tion of the dossier was not true.

“I’m a germa­phobe,” Trump told him, ac­cord­ing to Comey’s ac­count. “There’s no way I would let peo­ple pee on each other around me. No way.”

4. Not. A. Demo­crat.

Ac­cord­ing to the Post, Comey, a Re­pub­li­can through his ca­reer, slams GOP lead­ers of Congress: “It is also wrong to stand idly by, or worse, to stay silent when you know bet­ter, while a pres­i­dent brazenly seeks to un­der­mine pub­lic con­fi­dence in law en­force­ment in­sti­tu­tions that were es­tab­lished to keep our lead­ers in check.”

5. But her emails.

Comey re­veals a pri­vate as­sur­ance he re­ceived from Pres­i­dent Obama about his han­dling of Hil­lary Clin­ton’s emails, the Post re­ported.

Comey writes that Obama told him in a meet­ing after the elec­tion, “I picked you to be FBI di­rec­tor be­cause of your in­tegrity and your abil­ity. I want you to know that noth­ing­has hap­pened to change my view.”

“I’m just try­ing to do the right thing,” Comey told him.

James Comey

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