James Comey’s revelations in his interview with ABC News didn’t reveal anything dramatically new, but supported previous rumors about President Trump, argues David A. Graham of The Atlantic. Comey reiterated that Trump tried to pressure him into going easy on Michael Flynn, and said there is a likelihood that Trump might be being blackmailed by Russia. He stressed the crassness of witnessing his own firing and then having the president say that doing so had taken pressure off him. The way that Trump has gone about being president is far from ordinary. Particularly his desire to fire Robert Mueller goes beyond the line of what is acceptable.
James Comey’s interview was full of finger-pointing and accusations against President Trump, while ignoring his own transgression of having leaked information to the press, reports Bryan Dean Wright of Fox News. In doing so, Comey went against the values that public servants in the intelligence sector live by. Worse, he did so as the leader of the FBI, the person who supposedly sets an example to other agents. His motivations in going against the president were selfish and not dedicated to the best interests of America. Comey abandoned patriotism, as his declarations against the president are tainted by the way he chose to express them.