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My Turn - Comey's attacks lack facts
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Hard on the heels on his new book release,”A Higher Loyalty,” former FBI Director James Comey continues to make the multimedia rounds, promoting his anti-Trump tome and touting himself as the exemplar of ethics.

The question is “Who is Comey hurting more -- President Trump or himself?” The answer depends on who you ask. To Trump’s most vocal opponents, Comey’s sordid stories about Trump’s values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors reinforce their own perceptions of the president as an “amoral, authoritarian president who’s unfit to serve.”

Conversely, to Trump’s most avid defenders, Comey’s ad hominem attacks on the president are proof positive of his hatred for Trump and his desire to see him removed from office because he is “morally unfit to be president.”

Comey is, of course, entitled to his own opinions regarding Trump’s unfitness for the presidency. However, he is not entitled to his own facts. When he insinuated in an ABC News interview that Trump had hired prostitutes in Moscow to do despicable things with him in 2013, Comey quickly added, “It’s possible, but I don’t know.”

Comey also opined, sans facts, when he accused Trump of “colluding with Russians,” presumably to help him win the White House in the 2016 presidential elections. Again, he added, “It’s possible.”

Here’s a clue for Comey. Many things are “possible.” That doesn’t mean they are true. For example, it’s theoretically possible for me to win the Publishers Clearing House Grand Prize, but it’s also highly improbable.

Even as Comey preaches about the importance of ethics in public service, his own practice or malpractice during his tenure as FBI Director reveals a sinister side of his selective ethics. From being disingenuous and evasive in his testimony to Congress to leaking sensitive information to friends and cronies in a deliberate attempt to damage Trump, Comey comes clean to his own discredit. 

Comey’s book and his multimedia blitz have managed to alienate conservatives, moderates and lib-erals alike, although for drastically  different reasons. In his vicious, vitriolic attempt to torch Trump, he may have torched what’s left of his own reputation.

As for Comey’s claim of “A Higher Loyalty,” it’s clear to me that his highest loyalty is to himself and his version of the truth. As a lawyer, he should know his litany of lies and innuendoes could come back to haunt him.

Retired Army Col. Thomas B. Vaughn can be reached at