Disgraced former FBI Director James Comey has had a busy week, between being fired by President Trump for his mishandling of the Hillary Clinton private email case, and subsequently refusing an invitation to testify before the Senate.
As it turns out, Comey’s aversion to testifying before the Senate was not a move spurred on by pure, instinctual self-preservation, as many believed. Instead, Comey’s refusal to testify actually stemmed from the clandestine nature of the original arrangement to which he was invited.
“When James Comey tells his story, he wants the world to hear it.
“The former FBI director rejected a request from the Senate Intelligence Committee to appear before them next week in a closed session, according to the panel’s vice chairman, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said.
“’We just heard from the director that he’s not able to make Tuesday,’ Warner said. ‘It’s my hope that that we will be able to find a time. I think it’s really important that the Congress, and more broadly the American people, hear Director Comey’s side of the story.’
“The New York Times reported that Comey told associates he would only testify in a public session. Comey has made no public statements since he was fired Tuesday by President Donald Trump.”
The dismissal of the FBI chief was huge news this week, furthered by the conspiracy theories of Washington leftists who pushed a narrative in which Comey was removed from his office due to an ongoing investigation into Donald Trump’s connections to the Russian government – an old wive’s tale of the democratic party who were badly embarrassed by America’s conservative uprising during the 2016 presidential election.
Shortly after the firing, the tension between President Trump and former Director Comey came to a head on Twitter, with the Commander in Chief lobbing a thinly-veiled threat in Comey’s general direction, alluding to possibly surveilled conversations between the two.
Now, with Comey pushing for a public forum in which to lay out his side of the debacle, it seems that two men are playing the subtle threat game.