OPINION | Barry Richard: Comey Book Seeks Revenge and Profit
The disgruntled former Director of the FBI is out with a new tell-all book on Tuesday in which according to excerpts released to various media outlets, he opines on such pressing national issues as the size of President Trump's hands, the length of the president's tie, whether he fears tanning goggles and the state of the first couple's marriage. Comey even reportedly likens Trump to an organized crime boss.
Trump fired Comey a little less than a year ago. The book, "A Higher Loyalty" is clearly revenge for being dumped. For the record, Trump says Comey is "an untruthful slimeball."
The New York Post says Comey claims in the book that he re-opened the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email shenanigans prior to the 2016 election because it was widely thought that Clinton would win and he feared her election would be deemed "illegitimate" if he didn't.
ABC reports Comey felt he had to take on a more prominent role in the Clinton investigation because of unverified classified information about then A.G Loretta Lynch. According to ABC, Comey writes, "it would undoubtedly have been used by political opponents to cast serious doubt on the attorney general's independence in connection with the Clinton investigation." Really?
The problem with Jim Comey is that he has already misled Congress and has admitted under oath that he leaked classified information to the press. This goes back to the issue of trust. How can we believe a word of his book based on his record?
Comey's book will sell lots of copies. He'll make millions. The cable news shows will have plenty to talk about for weeks. Those who hated Comey for re-opening the investigation into Clinton will cheer for him now after badmouthing Trump.
Meanwhile, for the rest of us, the world keeps spinning, taxes go higher, corruption festers and none of what Comey thinks about Trump or visa versus means a whole lot to any of us.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.