Now that excerpts have leaked, even more Democrats and members of the media are excoriating Comey for his true higher loyalty – to himself:
If Comey's decision to release the letter on Oct. 28 was influenced by his interpretation of the polls, that really ought to cut against his image as an honorable, principled decision-maker. Instead, he was just being expedient and trying to save his own hide.— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) April 13, 2018
It's also not particularly honorable, if you have information that you believe is of immediate and vital national importance, to wait to 11 months to release it until you can have a giant book launch and publicity tour around it. #Comey— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) April 13, 2018
It’s a higher loyalty (to your publisher)— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 13, 2018
A Higher Royalty https://t.co/XiQsysIRtd— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) April 13, 2018
I get why the timing of the Comey book works well for HIM. He’s going to make a mint and wants to have his say: But shouldn’t he have waited for the probe to end? Doesn’t this just contribute to the circus atmosphere?— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) April 12, 2018
Disagree if you want, but it seems to me Comey made a mistake communicating about an investigation one summer, made things worse by doing it again, and now hopes the cure is to do it again —doesn't excuse Trump's deeds, but I'm not excited about the $1000-admission-fee-book-tour.— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) April 13, 2018
From: Michael Ahrens - Communications/Research
Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2018 8:26 PM
To: Michael Ahrens - Communications/Research
Subject: FIRST LOOK: COMEY'S BOOK LEAKS
James Comey’s book is really just a way for him to make money off of his true higher loyalty – to himself.
That’s why there’s widespread agreement on both sides of the aisle, in the media, and even among his former FBI colleagues that Comey is completely self-absorbed.
CNN: Inside the GOP plan to discredit Comey. President Donald Trump's allies are preparing an extensive campaign to fight back against James Comey's publicity tour, trying to undermine the credibility of the former FBI director by reviving the blistering Democratic criticism of him before he was fired nearly a year ago. The battle plan against Comey, obtained by CNN, calls for branding the nation's former top law enforcement official as "Lyin' Comey" through a website, digital advertising and talking points to be sent to Republicans across the country before his memoir is released next week.
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