Comey’s Tell-All Book Tells All You Need To Know About Comey

Below is my column on the Comey book and ABC interview.  Comey continues to paint the book as a calling for him to supply an account of ethical leadership — himself — as opposed to cashing in on a tell-all book.  The book and the interview speak for themselves.

 

 

The headlines could not be more enticing or salacious. One declared “Comey memoir claims Trump was obsessed with disproving ‘pee tape’ allegation” while others featured the fired FBI director questioning Trump’s marriage. In his book, as well as Sunday’s interview with ABC News, James Comey described Trump’s “slightly orange” face with “bright white half moons under his eyes where I assumed he placed small tanning goggles” or discussed how he “made a mental note to check [his hand] size.” (Spoiler alert: Comey found them not unusually small.)

One could easily ask what any of this has to do with justice as an ideal, let alone the Justice Department as an institution. Comey’s book makes the answer plain: Nothing. Comey is selling himself with the vigor of a Kardashian and the viciousness of a Trump. While professing to write the book to protect the FBI as an institution, Comey is doing that institution untold harm by joining an ignoble list of tell-all authors.

Until this week, the very notion of a tell-all book by a former FBI director would have been a contradiction in terms. Past directors have been remarkably circumspect. That ended with Comey’s $100 a ticket book tour to get the nitty-gritty on Trump. Both the book and Comey’s sit-down with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News feature a carefully constructed image of Comey as the virtuous man thrown into the pit of perdition that is the Trump White House. Comey was largely unchallenged in the interview as he claimed to be the “guardian” of the FBI. If true, it is a curious way to go about that. Comey was the most senior person investigating the president, and that investigation is ongoing. Prosecutors and former prosecutors are not supposed to discuss active investigations in public. It cannot benefit this investigation to have Comey hold forth on the underlying facts or reference disclosed and undisclosed evidence, nor is it helpful to his role as a cooperating witness. Witnesses are generally asked to avoid public comments, let alone tell-all books.

Notably, figures like John Dean and even Monica Lewinsky waited for underlying investigations and proceedings to end before cashing in or telling their stories. Not Comey. Timing is everything in a tell-all book, and telling this tale now will make him an exceedingly wealthy man. Comey has a history of acting in his own interest at such moments. When he was fired, he took memos he prepared during the investigation.

These were clearly FBI material, and four of the seven memos are viewed as classified. Comey never informed the FBI, and he gave four to a friend to leak to the press. He could have given them to investigators or to Congress, but he leaked them to control the press narrative. He instantly went from being an unpopular director, particularly with Democrats, to being a wronged civil servant.

It is not just classified information that may have been compromised. Some people might wonder about sharing their own secrets with Comey. Just ask John Kelly: Comey writes in his book that Trump’s chief of staff called him to express support and to denounce Comey’s firing as “dishonorable.” He says Kelly intended to resign. If true, this was a personal and confidential call, but Comey revealed it at obvious risk to Kelly. And it worked. The Kelly story added buzz to the book’s rollout.

What is most telling is how Comey continues to commit the very violations that led to calls for his firing. Stephanopoulos questioned Comey about his controversial decision to disclose information on the Clinton investigation. Before Comey was fired, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote a memo that excoriated Comey for his “serious mistakes” as FBI director and noted that both Democrats and Republicans were calling for his termination.

Rosenstein cited former attorneys general, judges and leading prosecutors who believed Comey “violated his obligation to ’preserve, protect and defend’ the traditions of the Department and the FBI” and “violated long-standing Justice Department policies and tradition.” Rosenstein added that Comey “refused to admit his errors.”

The book and the ABC News interview show Comey is both unrepentant and unchanged. Comey is again discussing the evidence in an ongoing investigation against an uncharged person. He further alluded to still-undisclosed evidence involving former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s role in the Clinton investigation, evidence he suggested would support him. Comey went even further in the interview, declaring there is “certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice” by Trump.

Comey stated publicly that “I think it’s possible” the Russians have compromising material on Trump and made repeated reference to the possibility that Trump had prostitutes in a Moscow hotel urinate on each other and the bed once used by the Obamas. Rather than saying the allegation remains unverified, Comey said with signature wide-eyed shock that it could have happened. In that one statement, he showed exactly why so many thought he should have been fired on Inauguration Day.

In one of the few challenges to Comey’s account, Stephanopoulos referred to the “previous attorney generals for President Bush, for President Ford, for President Obama, Justice Department officials for President Clinton. They all disagree with you.” Comey flailed around with a long-winded answer and basically said all of them are wrong. Stephanopoulos then offered an alternative rationale that everyone expected Clinton to win and “your concern that she wins, this comes out several weeks later, and then that’s taken by her opponent as a sign that she’s an illegitimate president?”

Comey immediately said that must have been his thinking: “I don’t remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been. Cause I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump. And so I’m sure that it … was a factor. Like I said, I don’t remember spelling it out, but it had to have been. That … she’s going to be elected president, and if I hide this from the American people, she’ll be illegitimate the moment she’s elected, the moment this comes out.”

Where in the Justice Department guidelines is an FBI official given license to follow the polls and take actions to legitimize political figures? Comey seemed unfazed by the obvious contradiction when he declared, “If I ever start considering whose political fortunes will be affected by a decision, we’re done … we’re just another player in … the tribal battle.” So you can never “consider political fortunes” unless you are trying to legitimize the expected winner of the presidential election.

In the end, the book and interview tell more about the former FBI director than the president. In again reminding viewers that Trump may have engaged with Russian prostitutes, Comey feigns a pained expression and says, “It is stunning and I wish I wasn’t saying it, but it’s just … the truth.” And more importantly, it is all in his book.

Jonathan Turley is the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University. You can follow him on Twitter @JonathanTurley.

203 thoughts on “Comey’s Tell-All Book Tells All You Need To Know About Comey

  1. Here’s a fascinating op-ed from this evening’s New York Times. Hannity and Limbaugh have been lying! Robert Mueller had no involvement in the Whitey Bulger’s prosecution. This piece was written by the judge from that case of the “four defendants who rotted in prison”.

  2. Comey is sooo pathetic the way he equivocates like Hamlet with OCD to make himself not look like the La-Di-Dah smarmy little prig that he is. Most of his problems with Trump seem to be over class distinctions, because Trump cares not one whit for all the silly little mannerisms of our white collar class. Even J. Edgar Hoover had the decency to be covert about his stuff. Hmmm, Hamlet. . . class distinctions… Oliver Goldblatts(?) play…Hoover!!! Voila!

    He Danes To Conquer???
    An Irish Poem by Squeeky Fromm

    Alas! ‘Tis the Ghost of J. Hoover!
    With echos of Trump, the Remover!
    “Revenge this foul leak!
    That Comey did speak!
    ‘Twas a very unseemly maneuver!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  3. Criminal Referral Issued For Comey, Clinton, Lynch And McCabe; Rosenstein Recusal Demanded

    “Eleven GOP members of Congress led by Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) have written a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Attorney John Huber, and FBI Director Christopher Wray – asking them to investigate former FBI Director James Comey, Hillary Clinton and others – including FBI lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, for a laundry list of potential crimes surrounding the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

    The GOP letter’s primary focus appears to be James Comey, while the charges for all include obstruction, perjury, corruption, unauthorized removal of classified documents, contributions and donations by foreign nationals and other allegations.

    The letter also demands that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein “be recused from any examination of FISA abuse,” and recommends that “neither U.S. Attorney John Huber nor a special counsel (if appointed) should report to Rosenstein.”

    Entire article:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-18/criminal-referral-issued-comey-clinton-lynch-and-mccabe-rosenstein-recusal-demanded

    • Your opinion, courtesy of some wackjob website. In reality, James Brien Comey Jr. will go down in history as a Republican who stood tall against totalitarianism, when all others were hiding and cowering. He will be remembered as an American patriot who stood for the rule of law, rather than the rule of man. There will be highways, byways, schools, airports, scholarships and public parks which will carry the name of this great American down into perpetuity.

      this is to “I have a million of these anonymous websites” autumn

      • @Autumn April 18, 2018 at 4:35 PM
        “Nikki Haley is (was?) a useful idiot.”

        The flap concerning additional Russia sanctions seems to have been simply the result of poor communication between Trump and Haley, but according to reports, Trump may also be feeling threatened by her relationship with Pence and the possibility of a Pence-Haley ticket in 2020.

        Trump has a funny way of going about draining the DC Swamp, with picks like Haley, Pompeo, Bolton, and Haspel, unless he was referring only to regulatory agencies as the Swamp, and not those that agitate for and instigate war:

        “Ms. Haley draws strong feelings on both sides of the aisle. In Republican circles, she is a favorite of neoconservatives and national security hawks like Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, but viewed skeptically by the more isolationist wing that sees Mr. Trump as a champion.

        “Among Democrats, she has respect from those who see her as a voice of reason and scorn from others who see her as overly combative.

        “ ‘Nikki Haley is a neocon in her view,’ said Representative Ro Khanna, Democrat of California. ‘Basically, she’s a parrot for the McCain-Lindsey Graham worldview of ‘Let’s go bomb Iran, let’s go fight another cold war with Russia, let’s go use force around the world.’ ”

        https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/17/world/europe/trump-n
        ikki-haley-russia-sanctions.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FHaley%2C%20Nikki&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=collection

  4. Comey is not doing any more harm to the “integrity” of the FBI than the Bureau has already done to itself. The FBI has no integrity and is a sham political organization, not a national security institution. As obvious proof of this statement, consider how QUICKLY the FBI gave Comey the green light to get his multi-million advance book published. The FBI green-lighted Comey’s book in less than three weeks, while when other former FBI agents attempted to write LEGITIMATE books, the FBI slowed and stonewalled publication for months on end. Comey and the FBI are frauds.

  5. Since JT has been on a roll with nothing to see here with Trump and his cabal of incompetence, the one thing that Comey did not write about is the one thing any Trump supporter should be worried about. I’m sure he knows a hell of lot more about Trump and the Russians that he could not write about.

  6. This piece says a lot about you, too, JT. What “active investigation” or “classified” secrets did Comey disclose, anyway? The pee pee tape? That was already out there. Trump’s alleged involvement with Russian hookers? Also in the public domain. That Trump demanded personal loyalty which Comey refused to provide? I saw that on televised Congressional hearings. Comments about Trump’s fake tan? We see that for ourselves. Trump’s appearance is absurd and not Presidential, by the way. The comb-over pompadour makes him look like the rodeo clown he is. His obesity doesn’t help, either. Squiring around a much younger woman adds to the pathetic picture.

    Trump himself admitted he fired Comey because he wouldn’t pledge personal loyalty to him. He’s called Comey every kind of name and has accused him of all sorts of bad motives, consistent with his grade-school level of emotional maturity and inability to engage in discourse with people with whom he disagrees. Comey enjoys widespread respect from almost all former colleagues for his many years of service and professionalism.

    As to Comey surmising that Russians may have things on Trump, guess what? Most people agree with him. Comey was expressing his personal belief, one that is shared by many people. Evidence is being developed on this point.

    The rest of the world must be shaking their heads in disbelief that this once great country somehow allowed into the White House a braggadocious reality TV star with a bad comb-over, with a bad reputation, who brags about assaulting women, and who has demonstrated serious issues with immaturity, poor judgment and inability to negotiate with Congress.

    • “As to Comey surmising that Russians may have things on Trump, guess what? Most people agree with him.”

      Can you supply a citation for this claim? Other than the 6 other people you regularly talk to?

  7. “Treason doth never prosper: what ’s the reason?

    Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.”

    ― John Harrington
    ________________________________________

    Comey is but one small cog in the wheel of the Obama DOJ/FBI “Deep State” coup d’etat in America.

    Congress must consolidate and accelerate the process of impeachment as Class or Mass-Action to

    accommodate the burgeoning lineup of co-conspirators.

      • amyd, George is all in on whacky conspiracy theories. Al of them.
        Deep State, JFK, RFK, MLK. assassinations.
        Birther, Truther…. Midnight toker…

    • This “Deep State” organization which you have so cleverly uncovered seems to be a great danger to all we hold dear. It appears that through your dogged sleuthing, you have uncovered a nefarious cabal of ne’er-do-wells, clearly hell-bent on eradicating our “Great Again” ‘Merican way of life; our love of apple pie and Cheetos; or fluoridating our precious bodily fluids; or, some other similarly dastardly deed yet to be revealed. Nice work, Inspector, nice work indeed.

      this is to “Inspector Clouseau, at your service” georgie

  8. His book lends credence to the allegation that Comey was a politicized hack, abusing his position of authority to further political goals. He should be investigated for any alleged criminal activity.

    The entire alphabet soup has become weaponized against conservative Americans. For those on the Left who willfully turn a blind eye, that will be you it targets one day. I recall Professor Turley repeatedly warning that the Left would rue the day it allowed President Obama to create an uber presidency. It came to pass that a candidate was elected who made them fearful of the power they had given away.

    Today, it’s conservatives that the government agencies target. It would be egregious if this becomes accepted as just how the game is played. Perhaps one day, all government agencies will be cleared out and populated with politicized hacks, depending on who sits behind the Resolute Desk. It would be anathema to freedom if our government targets its citizens based on political bias. If you don’t want it to happen to you, then don’t look the other way when it happens to others.

  9. “Timing is everything in a tell-all book, and telling this tale now will make him an exceedingly wealthy man.”

    All true — however part of the timing might be similar to the timing of McCabe’s go-fund-me site, which was probably launched because he needed to get the money from people before they found out how crooked he was.

    I think there’s a good chance that Comey will be facing charges in the near future. That might not directly hurt book sales — it might even enhance them — but it would sure put a dent in the book tour. Not a lot of people charged with crimes go around shooting their mouths off until after the trial.

  10. Anyone notice that he said the dossier had not been verified as of the day he was fired? Doesn’t that mean they lied to the FISA court?

      • Haha. That’s rich. Thanks, “counselor.” Google “probable cause.”

        this is to the “Pro Se Perry Mason of wackjobville” willie

    • In his testimony he said that the very brief salacious part of the dossier had not been verified. It took up 2-3 paragraphs at most in a document that is over 30 pages.

      • Sorry, but to the best of my knowledge, the only part of the “dossier” that’s been verified is that Carter Page visited Russia — and that was never a secret because it’s what the guy does for a living.
        Other than that, what parts of the dossier have been verified?

    • RSA – I have been listening to various commentors on YouTube all day and that that is one of the highlights of their discussions.

  11. Comey admitted that he felt pressured by right-wing media to go on record with not ‘one’ but ‘two’ warnings about Hillary Clinton. This rather makes sense, however peculiar it sounds. Comey apparently figured that if Hillary won, Republicans would go into fits of indignation that such a ‘corrupt’ candidate got the White House. Therefore to ‘cover’ himself Comey figured, “I better make it clear that we had reservations or they’ll think we’re part of the conspiracy”.

    Comments on this thread (by Trump supporters) indicate that they indeed dwell in a world of conspiracies promoted by right-wing media. So Comey’s logic made sense in a dysfunctional America. The problem is that Comey veered too much on the side of caution and handed the White House to Trump instead. After all, Trump’s Electoral College ‘victory’ came down to just 80,000 people in three states.

    One can easily figure Comey’s letter to Congress, 11 days before the elections, turned-off just enough Democrats to give Trump the presidency.

    • “After all, Trump’s Electoral College ‘victory’ came down to just 80,000 people in three states.”

      Why do you write victory in quotation marks. Last I recall, the Electoral College is how we elect presidents and Trump had the most EC votes.

      • Suze – I just check my US Constitution and it says nothing about popular vote for selecting the President. As a matter of fact, Electors can vote for whomever they want. However, in most states, they are pledged to a particular candidate.

    • One can choose from hundreds of explanations for why Trump won and Clinton lost. Election results are a mass action phenomena, drawing in a bewildering multitude of decision factors. Generally, the media wants to threatricize, so they shift attention away from policy choices toward personalities, but one aspect that impressed me about 2016 was the electorate’s growing distrust of the mainstream media’s infotainment mindset. At the very least, we should admit that the choice in 2016 was twofold, between a liberal vs. conservative policy direction for the country, and between two very self-righteous leadership styles, one more cloaked and manicured, and the other in-your-face.

      • Trump won because he ran against the other prime candidate for “Worst Presidential Nominee in U.S. History”. 2016, The election from Hell.

        • “Worst Presidential Nominee in U.S. History”.

          That doesn’t say a lot for Hillary Clinton does it? But look at what the worst did for the economy and how he may have made inroads to end North Korea’s nuclear threat, something that couldn’t be accomplished by what you would call much better Presidential candidates. Sort of makes what you think and say look ridiculous.

    • Comey job — law enforcement — required that he ignore politics and just concentrate on the law. It’s really that simple. And it was nobody’s fault but Hillary’s that she had an unlawful secret stash of federal records that she’d concealed from the national archives. It happened that Hillary’s secret, unlawful stash of federal records was discovered in March, 2015, and became a criminal and national security issue just as the campaign season got under way.

      Hillary bears ALL of the responsibility for that. It all resulted from her own conduct. It’s a total cop out to whine about Comey not handling it properly or bending to pressure from “right-wing media” (which didn’t happen anyway), when NONE of it would have happened but for Hillary’s concealment of records that she wasn’t supposed to possess in the first place.

      And it was all made worse by Hillary’s destruction of those records, which caused the investigation to drag out MUCH longer that it would have if she’d simply turned the records over.

      And the fact that the FBI discovered thousands and thousands of Hillary’s records on the laptop of the husband of Hillary’s assistant was also nobody’s fault but Hillary’s. The records shouldn’t have been there in the first place, so it’s nobody’s fault but Hillary’s that Comey made his announcement about finding those records just before election day. Yes, Comey’s a jerk and an unprosecuted felon, but Hillary is responsible for him having to be in the position of finding her records on someone else’s laptop.

    • ‘Comey admitted that he felt pressured by right-wing media to go on record with not ‘one’ but ‘two’ warnings about Hillary Clinton. This rather makes sense, however peculiar it sounds. Comey apparently figured that if Hillary won, Republicans would go into fits of indignation that such a ‘corrupt’ candidate got the White House. Therefore to ‘cover’ himself Comey figured, “I better make it clear that we had reservations or they’ll think we’re part of the conspiracy”.’

      I hope you stretch your body as much as you stretch your arguments. Comey is an opportunist. Period.

  12. Comey was unfairly fired by Trump and this is pay back time. Nothing wrong in him wanting to promote his version of events in contrast to Trumps. Coney was a well respected figure in the FBI as this article fails to mention. It was Trump who behaved inappropriately not Comey.

    • The ‘well-respected figure’ was the supervisor of Ohr, McCabe, Sztrok / Page, &c. If he actually was ‘well-respected’, such was misplaced or the respectors don’t belong in public positions either.

    • Well respected by whom? ? ? Hillary still blames Comey (along with Russians, Facebook, her own staff, and half the population of Earth) for stealing the election from her, and most of her supporters agree.

      And Trump supporters are glad he’s gone that think he belongs in prison. For myself, I predict that Comey is prison bound, for a list of offenses too lengthy to cite here.

        • Maybe. We’ll find out soon enough. If McCabe and others (including Comey) aren’t charged with crimes in the coming months, then America really is lost — no longer a nation of laws but a nation where law is for little people.

          • Perhaps its Pravda Faux News and its alternative universe that is “lost.”

            this is to “I have a ‘Hannity was here’ tattoo” across my lower back” willie

      • Well it seems be is being pilloried to a certain extent. I see no grounds for him to go to prison whereas I see plenty of illicit or semi-legal acts by Trump and his wretched family.

        • whereas I see plenty of illicit or semi-legal acts by Trump and his wretched family.

          If you wish to see clearly, your rectum is not where to place your head.

        • If you see no grounds for Comey to do serious prison time, then you don’t know much about the law.
          He STOLE FBI records and released them to his buddy to disclose to the New York Times. Those “memos” were not his personal property. They are the property of the federal government (same as Hillary’s work-related emails that she concealed then destroyed) and Comey had no right to even possess them after leaving the FBI, much less disclose them to his friend to disclose to the NYT. And it’s been reported that they contained classified information.
          And he engaged in this criminal conduct for the admitted purpose of influencing a Justice Department decision about appointing a special counsel. That’s a bit beyond the authority of a private citizen. He got fired and still behaved as if he was the one in charge — same as he assumed that he was in charge of the DOJ, not the FBI, when he announced that Hillary would not be prosecuted.
          That’s just a small fraction of his crimes. There’s much much more, and some of it relates to giving private contractors unlawful access to raw NSA intelligence.
          Again, still a small fraction of the Comey crimes, but everything I’ve listed so far would add up to a potential 20 years in prison easily.
          And you can’t identify a single crime that Trump has committed in office, unless you’re just intending to spew rhetoric from DNC spam.

          • Your “it’s all government property” strips public servants of a reasonable veil of privacy. I sympathize with Hillary’s decision to use a private server, because of the way the FOIA law was abused by politcal oppo-research activists to destroy a public servant’s character.

            I also believe there must be transparency in public affairs to prevent corruption. What we need is a better definition of the line separating a public servant’s public vs. private information spaces.

            • because of the way the FOIA law was abused by politcal oppo-research activists to destroy a public servant’s character.

              IOW, Judicial Watch discovered embarrassing things about Democrats.

            • Hillary waived any right to the privacy of her non-work-related emails when she mixed them in with government records, and then again when she failed to separate the personal emails from the government records BEFORE leaving office. She had no right to possess those records after leaving office, any more that a corporate executive has a right to possess corporate records after leaving a corporation. The records are NOT the personal property of the individual. Corporate records belong to the corporation, and government records belong to the government which belongs to the people — therefore FOIA.

              Hillary knowingly engage in the conduct she engaged in, and did so while issuing directives to all other employees of the State Department to use government email accounts for doing business.

              She had no legitimate excuse concerning “privacy” when in came to her own decision as an allegedly-responsible adult to mix government records in with her own personal correspondence.

          • If you see no grounds for Comey to do serious prison time, then you don’t know much about the law.

            William,
            There is a lot about the law I don’t know. I’ve been following this blog for about 4 to 5 years and what I’ve learned is very few contributors desire equal justice under it. This is not a legal blog, this is a lawfare blog. The attitude by many here are not about the rule of law or equal justice. It’s about weaponizing the law for power, pure and simple.

            • Yep. That’s the way it is everywhere. Everyone seems to want the law weaponized to use against the other side. This country has really lost it’s common sense and moral compass.

              • This country has really lost it’s common sense and moral compass.

                Absolutely! It’s remarkable how people can be presented with clear evidence of laws being broken and yet they cannot bring themselves to admit they should be prosecuted. Hell, some are so blinded by their partisanship that they cannot even admit the evidence proves anything illegal. If we cannot agree on what defines illegal, then we are in big trouble. Because after that,we’ll need to debate what laws are just.

            • That is the unfortunate truth, but at the present, the left owns the DOJ and the bureaucracy while many on the right have a tendency to look the other way. This creates a government that is no longer a government by the people, for the people rather a government that services only those in power.

            • Only flunkies believe the Stormy Daniels affair is more important than what is happening in Syria, North Korea and Iran. Only foolish people can’t distinguish a lot of obvious truths when it is glaring them in the face.

              Why don’ you, ivankinsman, provide your evidence and while doing so take note of this story.

              https://saraacarter.com/breaking-lawmakers-make-criminal-referral-on-clinton-comey-lynch-to-doj-on-steele-dossier/

              BREAKING: Lawmakers Make Criminal Referral on Clinton, Comey, Lynch to DOJ on Steele Dossier

              Obama officials and FBI embattled agents also targeted for possible violations of federal law

                • One has to be pretty backward not to recognize that Trump did nothing wrong with Stormy Daniels and that North Korean nuclear weapons are much more important.

                  You can go to a strip joint and put your dollars into a crease on a woman’s body instead of buying a book that might educate you.

                  Actually, Stormy Daniels is doing very little on her own. Instead of putting their efforts into policy the left is making sure that Stormy steals the news reports from all the good things that are happening and you have fallen for it.

                    • I guess ivankinsman you didn’t take the penicillin as Linda suggested. Your mind is gone. I don’t think the penicillin will help much now so you might as well keep doing what you have been doing.

                    • Ivankinsman, it seems you are too far gone and starting to hallucinate. You should have taken the penicillin earlier.

                    • Nothing wrong down there Allan – fully functioning and in good working order. Hope your’s are OK too. Now when it comes to Donald T … well he has certainly slept with a few slappers in his time it seems.

                    • “Nothing wrong down there”

                      I wasn’t talking about down there rather way above which causes people to think silly things. Apparently, you didn’t take the penicillin.

                    • Yes, ivankkinsman, she showed hands clapping, but along with one disease, another can tail along. One of them is the French Disease better known by another name and left untreated causes a whole host of problems years later.

                    • “You know about it more than me Allan ”

                      I know my history better than you and applied myself when young without ever stopping.

                    • Allan – the French disease was originally known as the Italian disease because that is where the first record outbreak was. 🙂

                    • Paul, if you wish to get technical we really don’t know where the disease began. It may have started in the west and moved east. If that is the case then one could call it the New World Disease. I think, however for most Americans it is better known as the French disease than the Italian disease. After all, it is thought it was brought by the French when they invaded Naples. Now that ivankinsman is totally confused, the disease under discussion is syphilis and in its tertiary stage can cause a leftist type of thinking as it invades the central nervous system.

        • ivankinsman – Comey took classified documents from the FBI. That is illegal. He seems to have been the source of one or more leaks, also illegal. He lied to Congress, under oath, illegal. In fact, his book puts him at legal risk.

        • Is this what you’re referring to?

          After anthrax spores killed five people, infected 17 others, and showed up in envelopes mailed to U.S. senators and media organizations in 2001, the current special counsel, then director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, spent years chasing and destroying the reputation of a microbiologist named Steven Hatfill, zealous in the belief that Mr. Hatfill was the guilty party. Another zealot, James Comey, then deputy attorney general, said he was “absolutely certain” no mistake had been made.

          After Mr. Hatfill was exonerated—he received more than $5.5 million in damages from the government—Mr. Mueller then decided that another microbiologist, Bruce Ivins, was the culprit. When Ivins committed suicide, Mr. Mueller pronounced the case closed. A subsequent investigation by the National Academy of Sciences suggests Ivins too was innocent.

          Mr. Mueller is not a bad man, nor is Mr. Comey. It’s just that both show particular confidence when making mistakes, which makes one grateful for safeguards like the attorney-client privilege.

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