Op­pos­ing view: Comey’s on a mis­sion to un­der­mine Trump

USA TODAY International Edition - - NEWS | OPINION - Christo­pher Buskirk Christo­pher Buskirk is edi­tor and pub­lisher of the jour­nal Amer­i­can Great­ness and co-au­thor, with Seth Leib­sohn, of Amer­i­can Great­ness: How Con­ser­vatism Inc. Missed the 2016 Elec­tion & What the D.C. Es­tab­lish­ment Needs to Learn.

For­mer FBI di­rec­tor James Comey’s 15 min­utes of fame are al­most over. For rea­sons known only to him, he has used them to flog a book full of smarmy, self­serv­ing, men­da­cious clap­trap. When his time’s up, he’ll be quickly for­got­ten just like other mo­men­tary he­roes of the Amer­i­can left. And he’ll have no one but him­self to blame.

Score-set­tling books full of halftruths, in­nu­endo and ten­den­tious spec­u­la­tion might feel good to write and score big ad­vances, but they’re em­bar­rass­ing and don’t age well.

One can­not help but sense that the ex-FBI di­rec­tor doth protest too much. His agenda is trans­par­ent, and it un­der­mines his claims par­tic­u­larly in light of his friend­ship with spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller and what seems an in­stinc­tual de­sire to pro­tect rul­ing class pre­rog­a­tives.

Even staid Fox News Sun­day host Chris Wal­lace called the book sur­pris­ingly “bitchy.” But it’s more: It’s an at­tempt to un­der­mine or de­stroy the duly elected pres­i­dent of the United States.

Comey has an agenda and is ruth­less in its pur­suit. Dur­ing the tran­si­tion, when he met to brief the pres­i­dent on ac­cu­sa­tions against his cam­paign, this self-styled man of honor hid the fact that those ac­cu­sa­tions were in a dossier bought and paid for by the Clin­ton cam­paign.

The Ro­man satirist Ju­ve­nal asked, who will watch the watch­men? It’s the ques­tion Amer­i­cans should be ask­ing in light of rev­e­la­tions about Comey. Comey may view him­self as a mod­ern-day Eliot Ness, but it’s worth not­ing Ness died nearly broke and for­got­ten.

Comey is quick to call the pres­i­dent a se­rial liar but ap­par­ently ex­cuses his own dis­sem­bling with a breezy, the ends-jus­tify-the-means ethic of law en­force­ment. That’s not the rule of law. That’s rule by whim, and it’s a dag­ger aimed at the heart of con­sti­tu­tional self-gov­ern­ment.

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