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    James Comey is in trouble and he knows it

    James Comey is in trouble and he knows it



    James Comey’s planet is getting noticeably warmer. Attorney General William Barr’s emissions are the suspected cause.

    Barr has made plain that he intends to examine carefully how and why Comey, as FBI director, decided that the bureau should investigate two presidential campaigns and if, in so doing, any rules or laws were broken.

    In light of this, the fired former FBI director apparently has decided that photos of him on Twitter standing amid tall trees and in the middle of empty country roads, acting all metaphysical, is no longer a sufficient strategy.

    No, Comey has realized, probably too late, that he has to try to counter, more directly, the narrative being set by the unsparing attorney general whose words in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week landed in the Trump-opposition world like holy water on Linda Blair. Shrieking heads haven’t stopped spinning since.

    And so we’ve seen Comey get real busy lately. First he penned a curious op-ed in The New York Times. Then a Times reporter, with whom Comey has cooperated in the past, wrote a news article exposing an early, controversial investigative technique against the Trump campaign in an attempt to get out front and excuse it. Next, Comey is scheduled to be encouraged on a friendly cable news “town hall.”

    In the op-ed, Comey trotted out his now-familiar St. James schtick, freely pronouncing on the morality of others. He sees himself as a kind of Pontiff-of-the-Potomac working his beads, but comes across more like an unraveling Captain Queeg working his ball bearings.

    Comey adjudged the president as “amoral.” He declared the attorney general to be “formidable” but “lacking inner strength” unlike — the inference is clear — Comey himself. A strategy of insulting the executioner right before he swings his ax is an odd one but, then, Comey has a long record of odd decisions and questionable judgment.

    “Amoral leaders [referring to the president] have a way of revealing the character of those around them,” wrote Comey without a hint of irony or self-awareness. Those whom the former FBI director assembled around him probably rue the day they ever met the man. Most are now fired or disgraced for appalling behaviors that Comey found easy to manipulate to advance his decisions.

    Then, just to make sure his op-ed was odd-salted to the max, Comey mused that the president “eats your soul in small bites.” OK, let’s step back for a moment: James Comey appears to be in trouble. His strange, desperate statements and behaviors betray his nervousness and apprehension. In a way, it’s hard to watch.

    Comey will claim that everything he did in the FBI was by the book. But after the investigations by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz and U.S. Attorney John Huber, along with Barr’s promised examination, are completed, Comey’s mishandling of the FBI and legal processes likely will be fully exposed.

    Ideally, Barr’s examination will aggregate information that addresses three primary streams.

    The first will be whether the investigations into both presidential nominees and the Trump campaign were adequately, in Barr’s words, “predicated.” This means he will examine whether there was sufficient justification under existing guidelines for the FBI to have started an investigation in the first place.

    The Mueller report’s conclusions make this a fair question for the counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign. Comey’s own pronouncement, that the Clinton email case was unprosecutable, makes it a fair question for that investigation.
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    I think this is a glaringly obvious attempt to change the narrative. Given the Democratic control of the house, I don't think it will work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by guacamole View Post
    I think this is a glaringly obvious attempt to change the narrative. Given the Democratic control of the house, I don't think it will work.
    Barr doesn't work for the House.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    Barr doesn't work for the House.
    Correct.
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    I was woken up this morning by a horrible dream in which a cat-like alligator sneaked up behind two little ducklings and ate them one after the other. The meaning of this dream is that Comey is a fantastic bloke who can do no wrong and Barr’s AGship will be ending fairly soon.

    Comey’s book is being reviewed by ‘Mueller She Wrote Book Club’ but a listener needs to be fairly broad minded if they are to cope with some of the ‘bad’ language and smutty humour used by the reviewers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by firstfloor View Post
    I was woken up this morning by a horrible dream in which a cat-like alligator sneaked up behind two little ducklings and ate them one after the other. The meaning of this dream is that Comey is a fantastic bloke who can do no wrong and Barr’s AGship will be ending fairly soon.

    Comey’s book is being reviewed by ‘Mueller She Wrote Book Club’ but a listener needs to be fairly broad minded if they are to cope with some of the ‘bad’ language and smutty humour used by the reviewers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    James Comey is in trouble and he knows it



    James Comey’s planet is getting noticeably warmer. Attorney General William Barr’s emissions are the suspected cause.

    Barr has made plain that he intends to examine carefully how and why Comey, as FBI director, decided that the bureau should investigate two presidential campaigns and if, in so doing, any rules or laws were broken.

    In light of this, the fired former FBI director apparently has decided that photos of him on Twitter standing amid tall trees and in the middle of empty country roads, acting all metaphysical, is no longer a sufficient strategy.

    No, Comey has realized, probably too late, that he has to try to counter, more directly, the narrative being set by the unsparing attorney general whose words in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week landed in the Trump-opposition world like holy water on Linda Blair. Shrieking heads haven’t stopped spinning since.

    And so we’ve seen Comey get real busy lately. First he penned a curious op-ed in The New York Times. Then a Times reporter, with whom Comey has cooperated in the past, wrote a news article exposing an early, controversial investigative technique against the Trump campaign in an attempt to get out front and excuse it. Next, Comey is scheduled to be encouraged on a friendly cable news “town hall.”

    In the op-ed, Comey trotted out his now-familiar St. James schtick, freely pronouncing on the morality of others. He sees himself as a kind of Pontiff-of-the-Potomac working his beads, but comes across more like an unraveling Captain Queeg working his ball bearings.

    Comey adjudged the president as “amoral.” He declared the attorney general to be “formidable” but “lacking inner strength” unlike — the inference is clear — Comey himself. A strategy of insulting the executioner right before he swings his ax is an odd one but, then, Comey has a long record of odd decisions and questionable judgment.

    “Amoral leaders [referring to the president] have a way of revealing the character of those around them,” wrote Comey without a hint of irony or self-awareness. Those whom the former FBI director assembled around him probably rue the day they ever met the man. Most are now fired or disgraced for appalling behaviors that Comey found easy to manipulate to advance his decisions.

    Then, just to make sure his op-ed was odd-salted to the max, Comey mused that the president “eats your soul in small bites.” OK, let’s step back for a moment: James Comey appears to be in trouble. His strange, desperate statements and behaviors betray his nervousness and apprehension. In a way, it’s hard to watch.

    Comey will claim that everything he did in the FBI was by the book. But after the investigations by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz and U.S. Attorney John Huber, along with Barr’s promised examination, are completed, Comey’s mishandling of the FBI and legal processes likely will be fully exposed.

    Ideally, Barr’s examination will aggregate information that addresses three primary streams.

    The first will be whether the investigations into both presidential nominees and the Trump campaign were adequately, in Barr’s words, “predicated.” This means he will examine whether there was sufficient justification under existing guidelines for the FBI to have started an investigation in the first place.

    The Mueller report’s conclusions make this a fair question for the counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign. Comey’s own pronouncement, that the Clinton email case was unprosecutable, makes it a fair question for that investigation.
    I don't believe that piece was written out of a fear for himself.

    My opinion of the Comey op-ed piece you mention is that he is trying to reach out to people in the Trump administration who know they are compromised by working for the president but believe they can help protect the country from the worst of what he is if they just stick to it. I think he is trying to help them realize it is almost impossible to stay in Trump's circle and not be corrupted by it before they are actually corrupted by him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
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    You are welcome CP. I hope you don’t mind if I mention a few podcasts that I am listening to these days.

    Page 94: The Private Eye Podcast
    Analysis, from BBC Radio 4
    Trumpcast from Slate
    Post Reports from WP

    All pretty mainstream I would say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by guacamole View Post
    I think this is a glaringly obvious attempt to change the narrative. Given the Democratic control of the house, I don't think it will work.
    I don't think Barr care's about the "narrative". I think he's more concerned with getting his own house (the DOJ) in order.
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