The way that James Comey attacked President Trump since publishing his book was overly vindictive and simply unbefitting of an ex-FBI director, believes Rich Lowry of The New York Post. While there may be some truth in what he says, remarks about Trump’s small hands or that the president wears tanning goggles are just childish. It appears that Comey is trying to get back at him for having been fired. Writing the book seemed like a way to get himself into the spotlight and make some money for himself. A former FBI chief partisanly attacking his president so blatantly is not something the country needs to see and sets a worrying precedent.
While James Comey’s revelations may come across as pretentious, he acted according to his own moral compass, which reflects the intelligence community’s view of what is best for the country, suggests Dara Lind of Vox. American intelligence agencies operate with the independence needed to push back against any potential despotic behavior from leaders. President Trump asking Comey to go easy on Michael Flynn was a decisive moment where the then-FBI director had to chose what to do. He chose to uphold American democracy and go against the president by publishing what happened, holding him accountable. Comey was right to choose this path.