THE COMEY BOOK

Trump Will Never Read It

I just finished reading the book and must say it was better than I had expected. But, like most books that focus on the beginning of a story, it’s impossible for the author to give us an ending.

By now, 80% of those who watch TV have seen James Comey’s face and might have heard one of his many interviews. Donald Trump fired the Director of the FBI on May 9, 2017 and first said the reason was the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General recommended the move.

During an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt two days later, Trump changed his story, claiming that firing Comey was his decision alone and citing the ongoing Russian interference investigation as the cause.

In that 31-minute interview, Trump said that Comey was a “showboat” and admitted that he asked Comey whether he was under investigation for alleged ties to Russia. Then Trump made the amateur mistake of saying he was thinking of “this Russia thing” when he decided to fire FBI Director James Comey.

The next day, while meeting with Russian ambassadors in the Oval Office, Trump said, “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” This was first leaked to the New York Times, but most of the statements were verified by the Russian official version of the meeting.

Now we have a book by the fired James Comey: A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership. It has resurrected all the items that Trump would like to forget. Unfortunately for the Trump lawyers, their client has blasted out dozens of tweets to denounce Comey.

On the surface, the book’s intent is to discuss James Comey’s life and his advice on what makes good leadership. Nice try, but the real value of this book is the documentation of events during the months that James Comey served the Department of Justice and the FBI. Trump claims that Comey was the worst FBI Director in the history of the country. Trump obviously knows nothing about the history of the FBI.

Comey’s book is easy to read. If you are a policy wonk or history buff, it’ll be a rich source of quotes, especially if all this eventually sees the light of day in a courtroom. The number of large cases Comey has been involved with during his career as prosecutor and lawyer is amazing. He worked to get Martha Stewart behind bars. He was involved in the Scooter Libby leaking and lying case. He investigated the pardon of Marc Rich by President Bill Clinton. Side note, Scooter Libby was Rich’s attorney during the tax evasion case that propelled him to become a fugitive.

Some mock critics have slammed Comey for using the color orange to describe Trump’s skin or the need to mention the myth of Trump’s small hands. That is total bullshit on their part. Most of the narrative was written in almost lawyer-ese and the exposition was well done, albeit simple. Comey’s visual imagery isn’t literary genius, but it gets the job done. He doesn’t attempt to make fun of someone who everybody on TV already makes fun of, so the reviews are misguided, or perhaps partisan.

In many ways the book falls short on proof, mainly because Comey cannot disclose what he learned while being on the government payroll. But the tome does give insider glimpses into people like Jeff Sessions, Reince Priebus, George Bush, Barack Obama and others. You will come away with a truly dim view of some of them, while others show honestly true leadership.

What Comey doesn’t make a big deal about is his wish to have a special counsel in the matter of Russian Interference. He fails to take credit for his part in getting a special counsel appointed. The post-Trump meeting memos leaked to the New York Times by James Comey were a driving force in moving the “Russia-thing” into high gear. He downplays this fact and makes sure that he says “unclassified” every time he mentions his contemporaneous notes. Comey’s book will continue to deeply disturb our thin-skinned President because he cannot stop the details revealed in it.

And now, we get late breaking news that the Department of Justice has released Comey’s memos to members of Congress (4-19-2018). Less than an hour later they were circulated to the public, an ultimate act of transparency. These are the memos written by Comey and, according to his book, he gave a copy of each to his supervisors and placed them in a folder in his office. The contemporaneous observations add color to the conversations.

In one of the meetings with Trump, he claimed the President of Russia told him, “We have the most beautiful hookers in the world’. And under these same headlines we learned that Reince Priebus asked the Director of the FBI if there was a FISA warrant on Michael Flynn, who later pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. This sure smells like collusion, obstruction and totally questionable activities to me.

So now Congress, which is portrayed in the Comey book as inflexibly partisan and totally ineffective at challenging Trump, will get a shot at seeing the real deal. This will bring the whole mess back into the light of major media outlets. And, predictably, Trump will constantly berate, denigrate and demean this Justice Department veteran.

James Comey released his book now because he doesn’t want the greater good of his words to be lost in time. We are an instant gratification society, so don’t read the book if you are looking for new information. Trump is a chump and the book shows us why. And our Great Orange Leader will never read the book, but he should.

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TWO WARS AT ONCE

Trump – Comey – Trump – Assad

There are times in every presidential administration when someone writes a book that is critical of the present occupant of the White House. We now have two books, Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury and James Comey’s A Higher Loyalty. Both of them are direct hit jobs on President Donald J. Trump and the way he does business in Washington.

As President Trump was trying to decide what to do about HIS red line in Syria, the talking heads on TV were reading excerpts from the leaked Comey book. How fitting.

What has happened here is that the clearer, more informed minds of our Generals and Commanders in the field have temporary talked Trump off the ledge of war.

An important aspect of the Syrian conflict is the teaching moment it presents to our naïve and misinformed leader. The stakes involve a decision to go face to face with Russia and Trump appears to have blinked. We may never know if Trump used a communication channel to the Kremlin to find out how serious Putin was with his warnings, but the net result is that Trump can use Nikki Haley to work some magic at the United Nations to get the support of other nations.

We already have buy-in from the U.K. and France, but what about bringing Assad to the world court and charging him with war crimes? Why not figure out a way to get him out of control? Oh, that’s right, those are the same things Obama did and all he accomplished was a promise from Russia that the chemical weapons would be destroyed. That didn’t work. And when Trump was so emotionally overtaken by pictures of kids who were poisoned by Bashar al-Assad, he wasted 59 tomahawk missiles scorching an airfield that was up and running again in a few days. That didn’t’ work.

What the Donald is finding out is that all the things he thought he could fix with his big, round mouth are more difficult than he ever imagined. In fact, they are just as tricky as they were for Obama, two Bushes and Bill Clinton. While all this is going on, James Comey’s book is about to drop and the sound it will make will surely drive this ego-maniac more insane.

Comey could be painted as a just another fired, disgruntled employee arguing his case to the world, but what his book will do to this administration could be harmful to our country. While Trump and his team should be focusing on the Middle East, they will be diverted into a war posture against Comey, which they will expand to include the slandering and defiling Robert Mueller. Word on the street is that the RNC, a political party, will buy ads to discredit the investigation into Russian meddling in our election.

Chemical weapons are against the law, so is torturing a captured enemy, but that didn’t stop Dick Cheney and his neo-con war machine. It would be highly unlikely that anyone in the World Court would be convinced that America was a creditable witness to these high crimes and misdemeanors, but you still have that red line that both Obama and Trump painted in the sand. If the Armed Forces of the United States were thrown into a conflict in Syria, Trump’s premise that we wasted money and got nothing in Iraq and Afghanistan goes out the window.

There was a window of opportunity for Trump to maintain America’s leadership role in the world, but that has closed. When Turkey, Russia and Iran met to divide Syria, two messages became clear. First, the U.S. was not at the table, meaning we didn’t care. Second, we didn’t care about Assad’s thoughts. Putin wants a warm-water port and Iran wants to force Syria into their version of Islam. The supreme leader, Ali Khamenei of Iran, has a goal of maintaining religious and political power over Syria, no matter who the leader might be.

All this is way over Donald Trump’s head.  He doesn’t get the nuances and intricacies of the Middle East. He jobbed out that responsibility to Jared Kushner, who has remained invisible and silent through this and most other matters. What does this person do and why is he there?

Trump has been handed a Rubik’s cube which has been tortuously turned and worked by previous administrations. There are no secret codes, no money that can be paid to release us from this quagmire. Even if we were to remove Assad from power, there is no plan for handling the resulting vacuum. If the RNC spends millions to discredit the Special Counsel, the investigation will at least show that James Comey’s observations are more credible than false.

But the President has his bully-pulpit, a.k.a. Twitter, and he soon responded to his very own personal war, “James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired. He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. He lied to Congress under OATH. He is a weak and untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI. His handling of the Crooked Hillary Clinton case, and the events surrounding it, will go down as one of the worst “botch jobs” of history. It was my great honor to fire James Comey!” TRUMP ONLY CARES ABOUT HOW HE’S VIEWED, NOT WHAT IS RIGHT.

The on-the-job training of our Great Orange Leader is utterly tiresome and unproductive. If only someone would step up and take the wheel of this runaway train. Why do we have to wait four years? We don’t need to be fighting more wars. It’s time we give peace and order a chance.

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

These daily diatribes from a delusional blogger give you a day by day overview of the 45th President’s first two-hundred days in office. Follow Donald Trump through the tough times on his way to impeachment. Kindle Version HERE, or Get the printed book now, CLICK HERE.

 

New Book about Terrorism

One of the most eye-opening stories about terrorism. The famous cable TV talk show host, Jonas Bronck, leaves New York on his quest to find truth. He finds himself in the middle of terror and personal torment in the name of journalism. He once again asks, If God Could Cry, would he be crying for us, or with us?

Now available on Amazon.