In July 2016, I wrote a piece for Townhall.com called, “Director Comey’s Gift to the American People,” and to a large degree, I stand by what I wrote back then. Of course, I—and you—didn’t know what we didn’t know.
James Comey, if you’ll recall, was certainly not a household name until the press conference in which he described Hillary Clinton as an extremely careless person in her handling of classified information.
That press conference ignited the firestorm, the embers of which burn bright yet today, inasmuch as many argue his carefully circumscribed statements that day may have cost her the election. He held that conference, by all accounts, without official permission and against longstanding principles requiring FBI silence about so-called ongoing investigations. Given what we now know—that he had already wordsmithed the memo alleging her innocence—his behavior after that date—all he has said, written, and now published, is truly inexplicable.
James Comey’s role and behavior in and about the 2016 presidential election would be tossed in the trash were it a script offered for any episode of West Wing or House of Cards. Yet, it happened.
I can’t help but wonder if James Comey had entered a monastery the day after his now celebrated, if limited call out of the Clinton icon, and taken a vow of silence, he would have secured his place in American heroics. As John Belushi famously said… “But, Nooooooooo!”