Comey's goals

Per Powerline, a clip from Comey's interview with George Stephanopoulos.  Comey freely acknowledges that he never told President Trump that the Steele Dossier was funded by Clinton's campaign.  It wasn't important for Comey's goals, he says, which were simply to let Trump know that the FBI had this information. You have to admire an administrator for keeping such a tight focus on his own organization's welfare, at a time when it would have been easy to be distracted by principles of honesty or justice, or the broader good of the nation.

Comey is oddly un-self-conscious.  I have the idea that if you charged him with amorality, he wouldn't take offense but would only gaze at you in mild blankness, wondering what you were getting at.

3 comments:

David Foster said...

This seems to be an extreme form of what in economics is known as the Agent Problem. Rather than providing true service in the job for which he was hired, he seems to have pursued the interests of his agency...himself...and his personal political beliefs.

Krag said...

RE: "Comey is oddly un-self-conscious. I have the idea that if you charged him with amorality, he wouldn't take offense but would only gaze at you in mild blankness, wondering what you were getting at."

I love this paragraph. The mental image is both comical and pathetic.

J Melcher said...

The pronoun "He" in David Foster's remarks could nearly as easily use, as antecedent, George Stephanopoulos as it might use James Comey.

I mean to say that I have never noticed Mr. Stephanopoulos putting his own interests to the side on behalf of the public, (when he was in government) or the voters (when he "moderates" presidential debates) or even his employers (whether he is nominally responsible for attracting an audience for other-than-fake news, or assisting the Clintons) Mr. Stephanopoulos is very well paid to be George Stephanopoulos, Apostle and Missionary of Bill, the first Clinton. All the holy epistles of Stephanopoulos to the faithful and scattered Clintonites are less intended to build the congregation, and increase the amounts collected in tithes and offerings to the Good Work of the Foundation, than they are to boost the greater glory of George.