As I’ve written before, Donald Trump has given the Republican Party some cojones. The Republican National Committee has released a video – “Lyin’ Comey” – to remind Democrats about that time way back in late 2016 when they all believed former FBI Director James Comey was a villain. Comey is peddling his new book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, and early excerpts show it’s more self-puffery and grudge-settling than a serious account of his tenure at the nation’s highest law enforcement agency. (The GOP also designed a mock book cover with real quotes from Clinton loyalists, blasting the former FBI chief.)
The video montage is a loop of clips from Democratic leaders demanding Comey’s resignation and attacking his integrity after he issued the October 28, 2016 letter to Congress reopening the Hillary Clinton email investigation. (The inquiry was prompted by classified emails found on the computer of Anthony Weiner, the pedophilic husband of Huma Abedin, Clinton’s top personal aide.) The highlight reel includes damning remarks from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. In an interview on CNN, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va) said Comey’s October surprise was “the lowest moment in the history of the FBI.”
Perhaps this trip down memory lane—combined with Comey’s shocking admission in the book that he released the letter for political reasons—can bring Americans together in agreement that James Comey is a publicity-seeking, self-aggrandizing scoundrel we all should ignore.