Comey Interview

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Worth noting he was (is) beloved the FBI. If you had a choice between the affections of partisans on either side of the aisle, or those men and women...it's not a hard choice.


Snippets from the book worth contemplating (particularly in comparison to other 'leaders' remarks that...inspire so very little)


A rumination on what it means to live a good life: ?Sit there, and imagine you are at the end of your life. From that vantage point, the smoke of striving for recognition and wealth is cleared. Houses, cars, awards on the wall? Who cares? You are about to die. Who do you want to have been? ? I hope some of them decide to have been people who used their abilities to help those who needed it ? the weak, the struggling, the frightened, the bullied. Standing for something. Making a difference. That is true wealth.?
On liars and lying: ?I?ve seen many times over the years how liars get so good at lying, they lose the ability to distinguish between what?s true and what?s not. They surround themselves with other liars. The circle becomes closer and smaller, with those unwilling to surrender their moral compasses pushed out and those willing to tolerate deceit brought closer to the center of power. Perks and access are given to those willing to lie and tolerate lies. This creates a culture, which becomes an entire way of life. The easy, casual lies ? those are a very dangerous thing. They open up the path to the bigger lies, in more important places, where the consequences aren?t so harmless.?
On the fragility of institutions: ?The actions of one person can destroy what it took hundreds of people years to build.?
On effective leadership: ?Effective leaders almost never need to yell. The leader will have created an environment where disappointing him causes his people to be disappointed in themselves. Guilt and affection are far more powerful motivators than fear. ? A leader who screams at his employees or belittles them will not attract and retain great talent over the long term.?
On self-reflection: ?But transparency is almost always the best course. Getting problems, pain, hopes, and doubts out on the table so we can talk honestly about them and work to improve is the best way to lead. By acknowledging our issues, we have the best chance of resolving them in a healthy way. Buried pain never gets better with age. And by remembering and being open and truthful about our mistakes, we reduce the chance we will repeat them.?
The impostor complex: ?All of us labor, to one degree or another, under the belief that if other people really knew us, if they knew us the way we know ourselves, they would think less of us. That?s the impostor complex ? the fear that by showing ourselves we will be exposed as the flawed person we are. If you don?t have this, in some measure, you are an incredible jerk and should stop reading immediately.?
On humility: ?As I?d seen from other leaders, being confident enough to be humble ? comfortable in your own skin ? is at the heart of effective leadership. That humility makes a whole lot of things possible, none more important than a single, humble question: ?What am I missing?? Good leaders constantly worry about their limited ability to see.?


Political tidbits, but worth taking a look at to judge their merit:
On Trump?s team: ?I once again was having flashbacks to my earlier career as a prosecutor against the Mob. The silent circle of assent. The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. The lying about all things, large and small, in service of some code of loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth.?
On Trump?s impact: ?What is happening now is not normal. It is not fake news. It is not okay. Whatever your politics, it is wrong to dismiss the damage to the norms and traditions that have guided the presidency and our public life for decades or, in many cases, since the republic was founded. It is also wrong to stand idly by, or worse, to stay silent when you know better, while a president brazenly seeks to undermine public confidence in law enforcement institutions that were established to keep our leaders in check.?
 

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Just saw an excerpt from the interview. Comey didn't see it necesary to inform the president the Steele Dossier was funded by his political opponant!?

Furthermore, Comey was worried about speaking with Trump concerning Russian Prostitutes because of his volatile actions during the campaign?

Are you kidding me? Comey, the head of arguably one of the best law enforcement agencies in the world was worried about meeting DJT? DJT, the Realty TV star turned POTUS?
 
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I'm going to have to get a copy. This should be interesting reading. From WaPo:

In his memoir, Comey paints a devastating portrait of a president who built "a cocoon of alternative reality that he was busily wrapping around all of us." Comey describes Trump as a congenital liar and unethical leader, devoid of human emotion and driven by personal ego.

Interacting with Trump, Comey writes, gave him "flashbacks to my earlier career as a prosecutor against the Mob. The silent circle of assent. The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. The lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth."

The result, in Comey's telling, is "the forest fire that is the Trump presidency."

"What is happening now is not normal," he writes. "It is not fake news. It is not okay."
A lifelong Republican until recently, Comey delivers an indirect but unmistakable rebuke of the GOP?s congressional leaders as well: "It is also wrong to stand idly by, or worse, to stay silent when you know better, while a president brazenly seeks to undermine public confidence in law enforcement institutions that were established to keep our leaders in check."


Then there's this:

The first time Comey met Trump was at the pre-inauguration intelligence briefing. Comey, who is 6 feet 8 inches tall, writes that the 6-foot-3 president-elect looked shorter than he did on television. "His face appeared slightly orange," Comey writes, ?with bright white half-moons under his eyes where I assumed he placed small tanning goggles, and impressively coifed, bright blond hair, which upon close inspection looked to be all his."

"As he extended his hand," Comey adds, "I made a mental note to check its size. It was smaller than mine, but did not seem unusually so."


:rofl::rofl::rofl:
 

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It's about to get CRAZY!

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More here Scott:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It's also not particularly honorable, if you have information that you believe is of immediate and vital national importance, to wait to 11 months to release it until you can have a giant book launch and publicity tour around it. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Comey?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Comey</a></p>— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) <a href="https://twitter.com/NateSilver538/status/984772594955177984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 13, 2018</a></blockquote>
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If you've lost Nate Silver that's not good. It's A-OK for Comey, he is getting the MUH-LA!!!
 

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Guess Scott's theory on Comey helping Trump by reopening the Clinton email investigation is out the window. Good Grief, love it when I'm right.
 

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What his motivations were and how the public responded to the reopening are two different things. I know, hard to comprehend.
 

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You know it gets under Brian's skin when you breathlessly posts one line RINO talking points, and then immediately posts 4 more one line posts.

'and another thing!'