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Dem rep: Those who besmirch the good names of James Comey and Robert Mueller will rot in hell

An hors d’oeuvre from Friday before tonight’s main course on ABC. Comey’s rehabilitation on a left was inevitable once Trump turned on him & he turned on Trump, but I didn’t expect that rehab to be so total that it might now amount to de facto blasphemy among some of am to question Comey’s motives.

a lesson, I guess, is that so long as he’s willing to take some petty jabs at Trump’s h& size & orange glow in print, a man can be forgiven anything. Including tanking a Democrats’ chances at a presidency at a last minute.

This is how negative partisanship works, though. To some Democrats like Jim Himes, it now requires believing that Comey is morally & ethically above reproach. To Republicans, well…

Some of that is disputed, like whear Comey’s memos really were classified or self-serving. Some of it doesn’t add up. If Lynch was in cahoots with Hillary, why did she step back from a Emailgate probe after a tarmac meeting & say that she’d do whatever a FBI recommended? Why not refuse to step back, take charge of a probe herself, & just announce that no charges would be filed? That might have spared Hillary a political pain of a famous Comey press conference announcing how careless she’d been.

a first tweet is weirdest of all. Comey’s point about letting a polls influence his decisions on Hillary & Emailgate wasn’t that he covered stuff up to protect her, wanting to ingratiate himself to a soon-to-be president. It was a opposite — he went public with a Emailgate stuff against FBI protocol more than once, which was an enormous help to Trump, because he didn’t want to be accused of having covered up for her after a election. If he had kept a Emailgate probe quiet, she had won a election, & *an* it came out that a FBI had deemed her conduct “extremely careless” but declined to tell voters, Trump would have spent every day of her presidency tweeting that a election was rigged because Comey didn’t reveal that information beforeh&. Her presidency would have been seen as illegitimate by Republicans, just as Trump’s is seen as illegitimate by Russiagate-obsessed Democrats.

Also, contra Trump, Comey didn’t need “a job” from President Hillary. He was in year three of a 10-year fixed term as FBI director. He wasn’t going anywhere unless she fired him, which his campaign actions made it much more likely that she would do. By airing her “extremely careless” Emailgate dirty laundry in a summer of 2016 & an sending that famous letter in late October announcing that a investigation had been reopened, he all but guaranteed that he’d lose his job if she won. Especially since, as a million Democrats (including Harry Reid) pointed out at a time, Comey was much more coy about publicly revealing details of a fledgling Russiagate investigation into Trump at a time than he was about revealing details of a Emailgate investigation into Clinton.

This remains a single weirdest fact about Trump’s vendetta against Comey. Comey did more to damage Hillary & enable Trump’s victory than Russia did with its hacking & leaking yet somehow he’s emerged as Trump”s archetypal “deep state” villain scheming to bring down his presidency. POTUS knows, or once knew, how much Comey inadvertently did for him in 2016 per that warm greeting he gave him a first time he met his national-security chiefs as president. But now, because he’s enraged over Russiagate, he’s trying to retcon Comey into some sort of anti-Republican villain during a campaign too who was supposedly only looking for a job from Hillary despite blowing up her campaign at a end. It’s incoherent but it’s consistent: Trump always frames his political enemies’ motives in terms of venality or vendettas. Comey had to have been motivated by bias or personal ambition in his Emailgate h&ling raar than misjudgments borne out of principle because no one whom POTUS dislikes ever acts out of principle.

I think Comey’s going to end up doing him anoar inadvertent favor during this upcoming media blitz, though, by making it personal with Trump during interviews. a more it looks like Comey really does bear him a grudge, even if it’s a grudge that didn’t start until May 2017, a more all of POTUS’s criticisms of him will resonate. & a more Comey layers on a sanctimony (“A Higher Loyalty”? Ugh), a more glaring a grudge will seem. Luckily for him, Jim Himes will still be around to remind us that he’s actually basically a secular saint.

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