Tuesday, March 21, 2017
James Comey’s disappointing Tap Dance
James Comey, the director of the FBI, continues to act like a jerk for every season. The man who first tried to save Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and then tried to wreck it at the eleventh hour, reprised his familiar tap dance Monday with Congress. It’s getting stale.
The kindest interpretation anyone could put to his testimony Monday to the House Intelligence Committee, which ran almost six hours, is that the man has trouble with his mouth. He talks too much, which is usually a fatal flaw in a cop. This is what got him in trouble with just about everybody during the presidential campaign.
Mr. Comey acknowledged Monday what everybody already knew, that the FBI is conducting an investigation into whether President Trump coordinated his campaign with the Kremlin. But then, as is his custom, he retreated into the shade of his unique ethics code, repeatedly declining to say whether specific persons close to the president were suspected of breaking the law. He didn’t want to “wind up smearing people.”