The most important piece of information coming from the former director of the FBI in Thursday’s hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee did not concern the president.
It concerned Mr. Comey himself.
The information was revealed by a question from Sen. Feinstein (D-CA), whom I quote:
“Now, here’s the question. You’re big. You’re strong. I know the Oval Office, and I know what happens to people when they walk in. There is a certain amount of intimidation. But why didn’t you stop and say, Mr. President, this is wrong, I cannot discuss this with you?’”
Mr. Comey replied, and I quote:
“It’s a great question. Maybe if I were stronger, I would have. I was so stunned by the conversation that I just took it in. And the only thing I could think to say, because I was playing in my mind – because I could remember every word he said – I was playing in my mind, what should my response be?
“And that’s why I very carefully chose the words.”
Could Mr. Comey be saying that he was not strong enough to properly lead the FBI? Could Mr. Comey be putting forth an excuse for why the FBI’s investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s handling of classified information found her not to show “intent” in its horrific misuse and, therefore, did not indict her? Could Mr. Comey’s admission of weakness be one of the prime reasons President Trump fired him?
Why, Mr. Comey, did you not thrash out the differences with him in person?
Wouldn’t that make for a stronger United States of America that you both serve? Now, all America knows you didn’t have guts enough to do that by your own admission.
Mr. Comey, you are certainly no J. Edgar Hoover, and you, with the help of Sen. Feinstein, confirmed that in your Milquetoast testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
H. Perry Holcomb
North Augusta, S.C.