This week, voices from the left and the right slammed former FBI director James Comey amid the rollout of his long-awaited memoir, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.
Conservatives and liberals agreed the book offered no new information and that Comey lost credibility as an objective witness in the Russian investigation by throwing himself into the political fray and hurling insults at President Trump. The book also reminded folks on both the left and the right of how unhappy they were with Comey’s handling of the investigation into Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s emails during the 2016 election.
“The main lesson from Mr. Comey’s book is that Mr. Trump’s abuse of political norms has driven his enemies to violate norms themselves,” wrote The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board.
The board — which suggested Trump ask Comey to resign a week before the inauguration — said Comey’s book offers no new facts about his interactions with Trump except for his “moral and aesthetic contempt” for the president.
Kramerbooks, located in Washington’s trendy Dupont Circle district, is the place Washingtonians go to hang out, browse books, and grab something to eat at the attached cafe.
The place was open at 12:01 am Tuesday morning expecting long lines for James Comey’s new book, “I’ve Got Higher Morals than You,” or “I’m Loyal to Getting High,” or whatever it’s called, released on Tuesday. But on hand were more photographers, reporters and salespeople, all working the night shift, than customers.
“Kramerbooks expected long lines but it’s very tame,” per CNN’s Saba Hemedy, referring to one of the capitol’s independent bookshops.
Even Piers Morgan had something to say about Comey’s book to Sean Hannity on his Fox News program:
HANNITY: “You say Mueller’s team is panicking and fishing. I agree with you. I don’t think they have ever found anything related to collusion, and they just keeps bringing off into this other — well, he fired Comey. He has an absolute right to fire James Comey. And it’s actually scary in terms of what I believe is a fishing expedition, and I think you agree with that.
MORGAN: I do, and actually I find it extraordinary that James Comey, a former boss at the FBI, is able to write a sort of tell-all book right in the middle of the Mueller investigation. I mean, this wouldn’t — this wouldn’t happen in many other countries. You wouldn’t be allowed to do this. Peddling all sorts of lurid and ridiculous details to the world.”
People tweeted what they saw.
They’re unpacking the books and there are a dozen cameras for each customer present pic.twitter.com/jlpggJfHM0
— Hannah (@ruthyoest) April 17, 2018
Comey book comes out in 25 min. Kramerbooks expected long lines but it’s very tame. pic.twitter.com/s4AOPQ3lES
— Saba (@saba_h) April 17, 2018