Fired former FBI Director
Last week, Comey testified before members of the
If any private citizen tried Comey's gambit with federal
Why did Comey, the nation's former top-ranking federal investigator, avoid telling "the whole truth and nothing but the truth" while under oath?
The answer is, unfortunately, obvious. Comey has been called to testify before members of
He tweets almost daily and is often on television -- and in those venues never seems to admit to any memory lapse. And Comey has been at the center of every major scandal involving the 2016 election.
In other words, Comey is realizing that almost anything he might say will likely be at odds with something he has said, done or written prior -- and could potentially subject him to perjury charges.
So, Comey dodges and hedges.
Oddly, Comey has long posed as a modern-day Jeremiah. He thunders almost daily about the moral lapses of his perceived antagonists -- mostly
Comey has tweeted under the pseudonym "Reinhold Niebuhr" -- the celebrated 20th-century German-American theologian and ethicist. Comey apparently wishes to remind us of their similar moral insight.
Comey's memoir is grandly entitled "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership." He writes to remind readers of his sterling character, which has always guided his career. Most recently, the self-righteous Comey said that the interim attorney general,
What is odd about the professed ethics of the sanctimonious Comey is that his assertions are belied by his own often-unethical conduct.
Comey's testimony about FBI leaks to the press is at odds with his sworn statements from his former deputy,
Comey met with
Speaking of leaks, Comey made sure that his memos about his meetings with
Comey said his bizarre behavior was designed to force the appointment of a special counsel, which resulted in the selection of
A number of high-ranking FBI officials during Comey's tenure have either been fired, forced to resign, retired or were reassigned -- in some cases resulting from accusations of improper conduct or bias.
McCabe was assigned by Comey to oversee the Clinton email scandal even though just months earlier, McCabe's wife had run for a seat in the
Comey's FBI is largely responsible for the prominence -- and the leaking -- of the notorious dossier compiled by
There has been no explanation from Comey about why, when, where and how the FBI used an informant in hopes of gaining damaging information against Trump.
Comey's sanctimoniousness and misdeeds pose lots of questions. Is Comey a mere hypocrite? Or in guilt does he project his sins onto others? Or does he by design pose as a moralist to help insulate himself from future legal jeopardy?
Or all of the above?