A combination of file photos show U.S. President Trump and former FBI Director Comey in Washington

Comey outlines an ‘unethical’ Trump presidency in 'A Higher Loyalty'


James Comey was fired as Director of the FBI in May 2017 after serving five months under the Donald J. Trump presidency. Since his termination, the long-time law enforcement authority has used his personal Instagram page to speak publicly. Now, Comey has reentered the news cycle with his tell-all book hitting the market next week — his brief relationship with Trump being the focus. 

A Higher Loyalty, written by James Comey. Photo from Amazon

A Higher Loyalty spans throughout Comey’s roughly 6-year career with the Department of Justice, but focuses definitively on the tail end of his tenure. This he describes as a handful of awkward and unethical moments with the Trump.

Rumors of “collusion” between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government are an integral part of Comey’s story. Trump acknowledged in a televised interview that he fired Comey in part because he was investigating possible links between his presidential campaign and the Kremlin (MSNBC). But the Russian investigation is only one aspect of a president that Comey believes is “untethered to the truth” and thought of government officials as his employees of his organization.

Trump has skewered Comey since the book was released to a handful of media outlets as a “untruthful slime ball.” The Republican National Committee even started a website, lyincomey.com, dedicated to discrediting the former FBI chief.

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‘Loyalty Oath’

As the title suggests, the book outlines a president who wanted the FBI Director to be on the side of the administration. Comey previously testified to congress that Trump asked him to drop his investigation into Michael Flynn, a former military general, who was under the employ of several foreign state-sponsored groups (New York Times).

In the book, Comey explains his shock when Trump asked to speak with him alone in the Oval Office, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions complied. Seeing it as completely improper, Comey confronted Sessions on why he allowed the president to break the chain of command, especially while he was investigating the administration.

Sessions was flummoxed by the encounter, says Comey, seeing the Attorney General as “overmatched” for the job and someone who would “not help him.”

Russian prostitutes and pee-tape

Trump wanted to use FBI resources to discredit claims in the “Steele Dossier,” which alleges that he was videotaped with Russian prostitutes, whom he allegedly watched urinate as a means of sexual gratification.

Comey says when he told the president about the tape Trump became defensive and rhetorically asked the FBI Director if he looked “like someone who needs hookers.” He then asked Comey to look into the matter because the rumors were distressing his wife.

Criticizing other administrations

Comey had criticism for all three presidencies he served under. He depicted the Bush administration’s war on terror as stretching “the written law,” and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as uninterested in establishing legal standards for “enhanced interrogation.” (New York Times).

Under the Obama administration, Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him to use softer language when referring to the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Lynch allegedly asked him to refer to the case as a “matter” instead of an “investigation.” (New York Times).

 

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