If one thing is for certain, it’s that former FBI director James Comey has been in the news way too often. Starting with his bizarre July press conference, Comey placed himself in the spotlight with strange regularity. Eventually, Comey’s handling of his duties forced President Trump to fire him for fear he was damaging the FBI’s reputation.Of course, firing Comey didn’t get his name out of the spotlight. Despite previously calling for his resignation, Democrats were furious when Trump decided to fire him. A few days later, a New York Times story claimed Comey had authored a memo about Trump pressuring him to drop the Michael Flynn investigation. If anything, we’re far from the end of hearing about James Comey.
To highlight that point, a New York Times story today accused Trump of referring to Comey as a “nut job” in a meeting with the Russians. Unsurprisingly, Democrats found a way to be up in arms about that. However, another story about Comey just might prove Trump right.Back in January, Trump held a ceremony at the Oval Office to honor law enforcement. James Comey was present for the meeting, but people noticed his behavior was a bit bizarre.
From the Blaze:
Former FBI Director James Comey once attempted to use the White House curtains as camouflage to avoid being seen by President Donald Trump, according to a report in The New York Times.Brookings Institute fellow Benjamin Wittes, a personal friend of Comey, told the story to the Times as it had been relayed to him by the former FBI director.
According to Wittes, the incident occurred Jan. 22 during a ceremony in the White House Blue Room to honor law enforcement officials who provided security at the inauguration. Comey, who is 6 feet, 8 inches tall, was dressed in a dark blue suit and standing near the dark blue curtains in the back of the room, hoping to blend in and go unnoticed by Trump.
We’re not sure if that’s normal behavior for an FBI director. In any event, Comey didn’t have much luck:“He thought he had gotten through and not been noticed or singled out and that he was going to get away without an individual interaction,” Wittes said, recalling Comey’s description of the events.
Luck was not on Comey’s side, however. Trump spotted him, and joked about Comey’s constant appearance in the news.
“Oh and there’s Jim,” Mr. Trump said. “He’s become more famous than me.”Ironically, that was part of the problem with Comey’s leadership. An FBI Director is not supposed to be famous, yet Comey certainly became that.
With behavior like this, it just adds fire as to why Comey was let go. One bizarre incident after another plagued the last months of his tenure. Clearly, the story isn’t over yet.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]