Thursday, May 18, 2017

James Comey and the Revenge of Washington’s Professional Class - The New Yorker

Washington is a lawyer’s town, built on protocols and rules. If this tends to make happy-hour conversation in the city a little more pedantic than the American norm, then it also has its advantages, among them a fanaticism for records. James Comey, the fired F.B.I. director, began his career as an associate at the powerhouse law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Later, during his years of government service, he routinely documented conversations with his superiors as a method of self-preservation. During the Bush Administration, he documented his resistance to the use of torture, which helped extend his career from a conservative epoch to a liberal one. “A showboat,” President Trump called Comey, last week, in defending his decision to fire the man. Perhaps, but one with the daily routines of a clerk.


True dat about DC. He's not in the Big Apple any more.

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I'm baffled: why is a meeting of the Prez with the FBI director not minuted? That seems slapdash and amateur. Is it normal for the federal government?

Posted by: dearieme | May 18, 2017 1:57:36 PM