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In war of words with Donald Trump, James Comey wins

 

At 6-foot-8, former FBI director James Comey tends to stand out in a crowd. And, as Comey starts a national publicity tour for his book A Higher Loyalty, he’ll be hard to miss.

Already, blockbuster interviews and reports about the book have pitted Comey in an extraordinary war of words against Donald Trump, the president he unwittingly helped elect and was later fired by.

“Morally unfit to be president,” Comey told USA TODAY and ABC News. A “slimeball” and the “WORST FBI director in history,” Trump shot back.

What to make of all the sound and fury?

Let’s start with this: In a credibility contest with the factually challenged president, Comey wins hands down. A lifelong Republican who has served three presidents, he has a well-earned reputation for integrity, courage, ethical leadership and respect for the rule of law.

The former FBI director is right that Trump is unfit. That Trump is “untethered to truth.” That he operates like a mob boss seeking fealty from all those around him. That he might have been obstructing justice when he asked Comey to go easy on former national security adviser Michael Flynn. That there’s something suspicious about Trump’s dealings with Russia.  Read More

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