And then there’s the whopper that really boggles the mind and bruises Mr. Comey’s reputation once and forevermore. We now know that the former FBI director was using evidence from Russia that he knew to be fake as part of his justification to investigate Mrs. Clinton, in a bubble away from normal Department of Justice—here’s that word again—orthodoxy in the first place, while keeping that information from Congress:
“In this case, given the importance of the matter, I think unusual transparency is in order.”
Perhaps Sen. Lindsey Graham put it most succinctly when it was revealed last week by The Washington Post that Comey had decided to manipulate what representatives in the House and what senators knew about his investigations by leaving out his own knowledge that a Russian document he had presented to Congress was fake.
“The FBI director knew that the information he relied upon to jump into the 2016 election was fake, that he basically took over the Department of Justice’s job based on a fake email from the Russians. That, to me, is a stunning story. From Congress’s point of view, he never told us it was fake. So he needs to be held accountable,” Graham said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“Unusual transparency,” Mr. Comey? Apparently, that’s a standard you claim with one side of your mouth, while the other pays lip service to integrity.
Now, color our democracy a dark, bruised purple thanks in large part to Jim Comey. Bruises do fade. Our democracy will endure these dark days of insidious foreign interference and insipid leaders. But we should never let fade the mark next to the name, James B. Comey*
*The man who played both sides of the political fence.