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