Mark your calendars for May 9th because CNN is hosting a very special event.
Twitter personality James Comey will appear for a special event with CNN’s Anderson Cooper for a celebration of Comey’s two-year anniversary of getting fired by President Trump. Comey’s firing led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller who was supposed to deliver to the public a Trump perp walk. Alas.
Comey also penned an op-ed for The New York Times yesterday spooksplaining how “a bright and accomplished lawyer” like Bill Barr is “downplaying acts of obstruction of justice as products of the president’s being ‘frustrated and angry,’ something he would never say to justify the thousands of crimes prosecuted every day that are the product of frustration and anger?”
Perhaps the president was “frustrated and angry” because he was wrongful accused of espionage and the entire media complex was ritually defaming him and interfering with his ability to function as a president? Trump committed no crime, so what was he trying to obstruct? Comey’s op-ed sounds like he is projecting his anger with Mueller’s team, who did not deliver the goods on Trump, with Barr. Barr didn’t conduct the investigation, it was the Mueller team and if the evidence was so compelling for obstruction charges, why didn’t they bring them? Comey and the left are like a drunk guy at the bar who just wants to start a fight with someone.
And how could Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, after the release of Mr. Mueller’s report that detailed Mr. Trump’s determined efforts to obstruct justice, give a speech quoting the president on the importance of the rule of law? Or on resigning, thank a president who relentlessly attacked both him and the Department of Justice he led for “the courtesy and humor you often display in our personal conversations”?
Comey is one of the most self-important people ever to appear before the public and that is saying something. Comey writes: “Accomplished people lacking inner strength can’t resist the compromises necessary to survive Mr. Trump and that adds up to something they will never recover from. It takes character like Mr. Mattis’s to avoid the damage, because Mr. Trump eats your soul in small bites.” He’s just so holy, he has so much inner strength, this man who leaked classified information to to the media via a buddy, to create a pretext for a special counsel to torment Trump. So noble and wise that gentle giant is.
But Barr didn’t need this job, he’s quite accomplished already and has one tour as attorney general. He’s not in Trump’s social circle, he doesn’t need Trump.
At age 68 and semi-retired for a decade, the attorney general resisted three efforts over two years to recruit him into Trump’s fold. When approached in late 2018 for his current job, Barr recommended other candidates instead. Anybody but him. Only when the White House came back yet again did he relent.
It’s too bad that Comey thinks Trump ate his soul or tried to eat his soul, but there are other reasons that Barr takes the positions that he does not even considered by Comey: Barr believes what he says and wants to defend the constitution and the office of the president. In our current climate of political theater, that is probably not an option Comey is capable of entertaining.
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