Critics are calling former FBI director James Comey’s recent interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos “remarkable”, a “bombshell”, a “moral assault” upon the President. While Comey’s sit-down with Stephanopoulos was definitely a “moral assault”, it was neither “remarkable” nor a “bombshell”.
There were no “remarkable” revelations in Comey’s first ever televised interview regarding his involvement with the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server and his interactions with President Donald Trump. Comey revealed no new facts; however, he revealed quite a lot about himself. As a much lauded champion of truth, James Comey overstepped his authority and took it upon himself to announce the FBI’s search of Anthony Weiner’s computer for Clinton emails just days before the presidential election. In going over former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s head, Comey’s motivation is suspect. Ours is a government of checks and balances; the chain of command exists for a reason. Nobody’s ego should surpass the parameters of jurisdiction. While reacting to Stephanopoulos’ unbiased questions on matters past, Comey was surprisingly (or not surprisingly to some) self-righteous. The Stephanopoulos interview begs the question: is James Comey’s “Higher Loyalty” ego driven, his judgement clouded by self-aggrandizement, or were his actions a sincere pursuit of Truth?
While it is necessary for an author to publicize his/her work via a press tour, Comey does his reputation no favors by appearing on biased programs like The Late Show (Tuesday night) or ABC’s The View (Wednesday), where his book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership, will likely morph into comedic material. Rather, it would have been more effective and informative for ABC to air all five hours of the Stephanopoulos interview unedited, perhaps an hour each night. One has to wonder why Comey’s less than favorable physical description of Donald Trump made it into the finished product while further details of events that might have further explained Comey’s poor judgement in certain situations did not.
Bottom line: the James Comey interview was not a “bombshell” unless you’ve been living under a rock. Nothing Comey said will impact partisan opinion. You either agree with Comey that President Donald Trump is morally deficient or you don’t.