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Fired former FBI Director James Comey is at it again.
Last week, Comey testified before members of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In a single appearance, Comey, on 245 separate occasions, while under oath, stonewalled questions with "I don't know," "I don't remember" or "I don't recall," according to a congressional interrogator, Rep. Jim Jordan. (R-Ohio).
Citizen - Comey - Gambit - IRS - Auditors
If any private citizen tried Comey's gambit with federal IRS auditors or FBI investigators, he would likely be indicted for perjury or obstruction.
Why did Comey, the nation's former top-ranking federal investigator, avoid telling "the whole truth and nothing but the truth" while under oath?
Answer - Comey - Members - Congress - Occasions
The answer is, unfortunately, obvious. Comey has been called to testify before members of Congress on numerous occasions. He has written a long book and gone on an extensive book tour, and his paper trail is long.
He tweets almost daily and is often on television -- and in those venues never seems to admit to any memory lapse. And Comey has been at the center of every major scandal involving the 2016 election.
Words - Comey - Anything - Odds - Something
In other words, Comey is realizing that almost anything he might say will likely be at odds with something he has said, done or written prior -- and could potentially subject him to perjury charges.
So, Comey dodges and hedges.
Comey - Jeremiah - Lapses - Antagonists - Donald
Oddly, Comey has long posed as a modern-day Jeremiah. He thunders almost daily about the moral lapses of his perceived antagonists -- mostly Donald Trump, the Trump administration and the Republican Party that Comey left.
Comey has tweeted under the pseudonym "Reinhold Niebuhr" -- the celebrated 20th-century German-American theologian and ethicist. Comey apparently wishes to remind us of their similar moral insight.
Comey - Memoir - Higher - Loyalty - Truth
Comey's memoir is grandly entitled "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership." He writes to remind readers of his sterling character, which has always guided his...
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