"A Higher Loyalty" by James Comey

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"A Higher Loyalty" by James Comey

Postby Shorty » Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:19 pm

The 11 most eye-opening lines in James Comey's 'A Higher Loyalty,' ranked
https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/13/politics ... index.html

1. "This President is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values. His leadership is transactional, ego driven and about personal loyalty."

2. "The silent circle of assent. The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. The lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth."

3. "[Kelly] said he was sick about my firing and that he intended to quit in protest. He said he didn't want to work for dishonorable people who would treat someone like me in such a manner. I urged Kelly not to do that, arguing that the country needed principled people around this president. Especially this president."

4. "Now it was pretty clear to me what was happening. The setup of the dinner, both the physical layout of a private meal and Trump's pretense that he had not already asked me to stay on multiple occasions, convinced me this was an effort to establish a patronage relationship."

5. "Asking — rhetorically, I assumed — whether he seemed like a guy who needed the service of prostitutes. He then began discussing cases where women had accused him of sexual assault, a subject I had not raised. He mentioned a number of women, and seemed to have memorized their allegations."

6. "It is also wrong to stand idly by, or worse, to stay silent when you know better, while a president brazenly seeks to undermine public confidence in law enforcement institutions that were established to keep our leaders in check."

7. "He brought up what he called the 'golden showers thing' . . . adding that it bothered him if there was 'even a 1 percent chance' his wife, Melania, thought it was true....In what kind of marriage, to what kind of man, does a spouse conclude there is only a 99 percent chance her husband didn't do that?"

8. "Another reason you know this isn't true: I'm a germaphobe. There's no way I would let people pee on each other around me, no way."

9. "I had often wondered why, when given numerous opportunities to condemn the Russian government's invasions of its neighbors and repression — even murder — of its own citizens, Trump refused to just state the plain facts...Maybe it was a contrarian streak or maybe it was something more complicated that explained his constant equivocation and apologies for Vladimir Putin."

10. "I stared at the soft white pouches under his expressionless blue eyes. I remember thinking in that moment that the president doesn't understand the FBI's role in American life."

11. "His face appeared slightly orange with bright white half-moons under his eyes where I assumed he placed small tanning goggles, and impressively coifed, bright blond hair, which upon close inspection looked to be all his.....As he extended his hand, I made a mental note to check its size. It was smaller than mine, but did not seem unusually so."

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Re: "A Higher Loyalty" by James Comey

Postby Donald » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:53 am

I want to talk about 10. and 11., which are the least important points but are those, of course, which are coming under some scrutiny by talking heads. The heads seem to think descriptions of Trump's physical appearance is petty, and makes Comey appear more like Trump than like a dispassionate law enforcement officer.

One of the things law enforcement officers do is note the physical appearance of people, and their way of interacting with others. Taking note of these things is not petty. It helps you understand the person. Of course, Comey would have had benefit of seeing Trump on TV and all the campaign background of discussion of hands, orangeness and that sort of thing. He might simply have made an effort to see for himself whether the broad description of Trump in the media comported with his own observations.

Whether he had to put that in his book is another question. I think it vouches for his honesty that he did. Why not talk about the elephant in the room? I know I would be making the same hand comparisons, and figuring out the degree of orangeness, not because it's important, but because it is now part of the cultural understanding of this President.

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Re: "A Higher Loyalty" by James Comey

Postby gargantua » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:37 pm

I watched Comey's interview with George Stephanopoulos last night. Without taking a position on the reality of any or all of the eleven points above, I'm convinced that Comey believes them. He's not just making stuff up for the hell of it.

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