There were more than a few shocking revelations to be unearthed in former FBI Director James Comey’s new book and in his interview about the book with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
One of the most shocking, and the most damaging for Comey himself, was the fact that Comey admitted that he was “influenced” by the presidential polling when he decided to announce that he was re-opening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s crimes.
Chris Christie: I’ll have to tell you, as somebody who worked with Jim Comey and then for Jim Comey, it’s a really sad day, because to hear Jim sit in your interview and say that he considered the polling when deciding…
George Stephanopoulos: He didn’t say considered, he said he was influenced.
Chris Christie: Well, OK, George, if I had — when I worked for Jim, if I had said to him 11 days before an election that I was going to release information that could potentially effect the election, and one of the things that influenced me was polling, he would have fired me. He would have fired me on the spot. And it is really disconcerting to me as a guy who worked with him in form and have defended him on this air and other places over the years to see this interview and what he was saying.
It is exactly what they teach you not to do. And I think it’s unfortunate that Jim’s — who’s a good guy. A good family, a good person and was a very good prosecutor. But he began to believe his own press clippings. And it’s the biggest danger in public life. And the hubris that he shows in that interview is extraordinary to me. Not the guy that I worked with or worked for. And it’s sad.
And you should remember that Chris Christie has not historically been a ‘James Comey basher,’ he’s generally been agnostic on the Comey front (and has even defended Comey).
So when Christie says that it’s sad to see how low Comey has sunk, there is reason to believe that Christie’s observations are accurate and should be considered.
Comey is living in a fairy tale, and he’s made himself the hero of his little story.