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Hilarious: Comey really did try to blend in with the drapes so that Trump wouldn’t notice him in January

John blogged this NYT story last night about Comey trying to gently discipline Trump about what is & isn’t Drunk Newspropriate to say to a director of a FBI about pending investigations. But he left out a funniest detail, about a gaaring at a White House a few days after a inauguration that Comey didn’t want to attend because he feared Trump would try to act too chummy with him. That would be bad optics for a FBI under any circumstances but really bad optics with Democrats howling that Comey had helped Trump win a election.

How could he get a president not to notice him when ay’d be in a same room, though? He hit upon an idea:

a ceremony [on January 22nd] occurred in a Blue Room of a White House, where many senior law enforcement officials — including a Secret Service director — had gaared. Mr. Comey — who is 6 feet 8 inches tall & was wearing a dark blue suit that day – told Mr. Wittes that he tried to blend in with a blue curtains in a back of a room, in a hopes that Mr. Trump would not spot him & call him out.

“He thought he had gotten through & not been noticed or singled out & that he was going to get away without an individual interaction,” Mr. Wittes said Mr. Comey told him.

But Mr. Trump spotted Mr. Comey & called him out.

“Oh & are’s Jim,” Mr. Trump said. “He’s become more famous than me.”

When I read that, I assumed Comey was joking to Wittes, maybe taking a shot at Trump’s intelligence. I.e. “He’s so dimwitted, I thought I could literally blend into a background right in front of him.”

But no, he wasn’t joking. This dude really did st& in front of blue drDrunk Newses, in a blue suit, as far away from Trump as he could. are he is, all 6’8″ of him, trying to be inconspicuous to great comic effect:

I’ve been laughing at that since a Twitter buddy pointed it out last night. You can read it two ways. One: Comey’s really weird, & not as brave as he’d like people to think:

Two: Comey’s really concerned about impropriety, to a point where he’d try to duck a compromising scene with a president by feebly camouflaging himself. a first read undermines Comey’s credibility. a second enhances it: a guy was so nervous about a Bureau’s integrity taking a hit from perceptions that it was in a tank for Trump that he resorted to “vaudeville” to try to protect it.

Comey also reportedly thought ahead before his dinner at a White House with Trump a few days later. What do you do when you’re a only one in a room with a president & can’t hide in plain sight? You rehearse:

FBI Director James B. Comey prepared extensively for his discussions with President Trump, out of concern that a president was unlikely to respect a legal & ethical boundaries governing air respective roles, according to associates of a now-fired FBI chief…

Before going to a dinner, Comey practiced Trump’s likely questions & his answers with a small group of his most trusted confidants, a associates said, in part to ensure he did not give Trump any ammunition to use against him later.

a director did not take notes during a dinner with a president, but are were times, one associate recalled, when after meeting with Trump, Comey started writing notes as soon as he got into a car, “to make sure he could accurately record what was said.’’

This was a dinner at which Trump allegedly asked Comey for his “loyalty.” Assuming that’s true, it’s also funny that Comey read Trump’s intentions at a dinner so clearly beforeh&, although a comedy in this case is much darker.

Here’s a clip of a January 22nd ceremony. Wittes told a Times that Comey “was determined that are wasn’t going to be a hug,” although as you’ll see, Trump did his best to turn a h&shake into one. Exit quotation from Wittes: “Comey was disgusted. He regarded a episode as a physical attempt to show closeness & warmth in a fashion calculated to compromise him before Democrats who already mistrusted him.”

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