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Former FBI director James Comey’s memoir, the latest addition to the library of books bashing President Donald Trump, won intense media coverage and a characteristically vicious response from the president. Comey, fired by Trump, joins the chorus of critics who say Trump isn’t fit for the presidency. Comey takes pains to describe himself as a scrupulously nonpartisan – not a party hack, but a seeker of truth and a neutral broker of information.

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James Comey, director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, also served as US attorney for the Southern District of New York. He was deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush.


A Republican who served in high positions under presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Trump, Comey espouses the need for public servants to check their political biases at the door. He has enraged both parties in recent years, first by dropping a last-minute bombshell about Hillary Clinton, and more recently by calling out Trump for dishonesty. Comey makes a convincing case that he wasn’t seeking attention when he announced a reopened investigation of Clinton’s email practices. He argues that he made the difficult decision out of a desire to be transparent. Comey’s memoir is an unusual exercise in transparency for a man who has spent his career in the tight-lipped worlds of the FBI and the Justice Department. He argues that oversharing is better than the alternative.

He calmly lays out his life story and his theories of humble leadership and an impartial bureaucracy. Much of Comey’s book has nothing to do with Trump. He details the armed burglary of his home when he was a teenager that inspired his career in law enforcement. He offers descriptions of his interactions with Bush and Obama. While his personal politics seem to match Bush’s ideology, Comey makes it clear that he found Obama a more thoughtful and scrupulous leader than Bush. In Comey’s view, Bush seemed reluctant to seek out subordinates who would challenge his opinions. Both are paragons of integrity compared to Trump, Comey argues.

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    E. P. 2 years ago
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