13 April 2018

A Higher Loyalty

On Sunday, The New York Times will publish a review of former FBI Director James Comey's new book about his dealings with the Trump administration before he was abruptly fired for, what many believe, refusing to back down to Donald Trump's pressure to drop all criminal investigations into him and his associates. Comey's book goes on sale next Tuesday.

The book review is already available online (link here) and it's effusive in its praise. It also offers the first substantive peek at Comey's side of the story.

And it's gripping.

Comey pulls no punches. He compares Trump to a mob boss and says his administration is run like an organized crime family. The reviewer notes:

"Decades before he led the F.B.I.’s investigation into whether members of Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election, Comey was a career prosecutor who helped dismantle the Gambino crime family; and he doesn’t hesitate in these pages to draw a direct analogy between the Mafia bosses he helped pack off to prison years ago and the current occupant of the Oval Office."

Comey describes an early meeting with Trump in the White House and how it reminded him of his dealings with the mob when he was a prosecutor: "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."

Wow.

The review offers a lot more. Don't miss it. I'll close with this succinct point from the piece:

"The central themes that Comey returns to throughout this impassioned book are the toxic consequences of lying; and the corrosive effects of choosing loyalty to an individual over truth and the rule of law."

It will be interesting to see more press coverage of the book next week as Comey begins making the interview rounds and journalists mine the pages for details. Stay tuned.

1 comment:

  1. At least he has the courage to come out and shout the real face of Trumpty Dumpty's godfather family spirit and facts.

    All intelligent and educated people have already noticed it but we weren't aware of ALL what Comey witnessed.
    Sure that Comey is returning fire over his firing by «45» in such a cowardly manner but that is what «45» likes to do anyway.
    Now «45» is facing his own medecine.

    Another subject of informations that can just reveal the thru face of this «president».
    BUT, for sure his d├ęplorables base will be pissed and say that all this is crap.
    There is no such blind people than the ones that don't what to see.

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