“I need loyalty.”

Comey’s pre-testimony statement is in. Here is a sample.

The President began by asking me whether I wanted to stay on as FBI Director, which I found strange because he had already told me twice in earlier conversations that he hoped I would stay, and I had assured him that I intended to. He said that lots of people wanted my job and, given the abuse I had taken during the previous year, he would understand if I wanted to walk away.

My instincts told me that the one-on-one setting, and the pretense that this was our first discussion about my position, meant the dinner was, at least in part, an effort to have me ask for my job and create some sort of patronage relationship. That concerned me greatly, given the FBI’s traditionally independent status in the executive branch.

I replied that I loved my work and intended to stay and serve out my ten-year term as Director. And then, because the set-up made me uneasy, I added that I was not “reliable” in the way politicians use that word, but he could always count on me to tell him the truth. I added that I was not on anybody’s side politically and could not be counted on in the traditional political sense, a stance I said was in his best interest as the President.

A few moments later, the President said, “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.” I didn’t move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed. We simply looked at each other in silence. The conversation then moved on, but he returned to the subject near the end of our dinner.

As I said in Off Topic….

There is good news for POTUS in there and there is bad news. I see nothing illegal. It is, however, unconventional.

It is very unconventional. It wouldn’t be illegal for the POTUS to give his State of the Union Address in his pajamas but it would be unconventional. It just isn’t done.

Asking about an ongoing case, asking for loyalty, talking about Flynn being a swell guy… I don’t think they are illegal but they are way out there in “State of the Union in pajamas” territory.

Good news: Comey confirms that he did, in fact, tell Trump three times that he wasn’t under investigation.

Bad news: Very bizarre, unconventional, weird behavior by POTUS.

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21 Responses to “I need loyalty.”

  1. R.D. Walker says:

    I wonder how long the no movement, no speaking, no facial expression staredown really lasted. I bet you couldn’t cut the tension with a light saber.

  2. R.D. Walker says:

    If this is all there is, this testimony will be a big, fat nothing. I mean, it does show Trump to be a ham-handed, overbearing douchebag but that isn’t really new information, is it?

  3. R.D. Walker says:

    Remember “draining the swamp?” “I need loyalty” is how the swamp was created. “I need loyalty” is the swamp.

  4. FrankinTexas says:

    Comey has a lot of balls to say he’s not on anyone’s side politically after being Nerobama’s butt buddy and telling the world that the Hag should not be charged. He has Democrat tattooed on his arse.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      I get the sense that he is trying to do the right thing, he is just mixed up.

      I mean, he did reopen the case regarding Clinton’s emails on Weiner’s computer right before the election. Clinton has wailed woefully that action cost her the election. That doesn’t sound like the behavior of a loyal Democrat.

      The thing is, everybody hates him Democrats and Republicans alike. I dunno…

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Do Democrats or Republicans think Comey is a pillar of integrity this week? Which think he is the devil incarnate? I will be honest, I have lost the plot.

      • R.D. Walker says:

        Spoiler Alert: Comey is just a putz.

        • C. L. says:

          Prescient, you must be partaking generously of the mélange spice.

          • R.D. Walker says:

            Thanks but what you are seeing here isn’t mélange. It is just my natural, cynical misanthropy. It seldom lets me down.

            • C. L. says:

              Ah, a mentat, then. I am inclined to agree that Comey is a putz, a whiney putz.

              . . . and quite a freakin’ pussy, too, for someone with such a high station. He hurt himself more than anything by starting this whole nothing sandwich.

  5. R.D. Walker says:

    My overall reaction to all of this: “Yawn. I think I will watch a couple episodes of Andy Griffith on Netflix.”

  6. fasttimes says:

    No new info. Conformation of what we already knew. Some are saying this is proof he obstructed justice. He made the comments in hopes of would influence comey to end the flynn investigation. If that is the case and that IS obstruction, what is it called when a potus states in press conferences he hopes scotus see things his way?

  7. Gager says:

    What I don’t get is why is this being given much weight at all. If no one else was present, isn’t it just a he said, he said hearsay situation? I have one on one conversations all the time, and I can claim that I wrote up a memo to document what was said, but at the end of the day, there is no proof that what I wrote was true. I don’t really doubt what was said, but it just seems like an inherently worthless testimony.

    • fasttimes says:

      and comey admits writing these memos were a new thing to him, at least when meeting with the potus. which is interesting.

  8. Jim22 says:

    “Bad news: Very bizarre, unconventional, weird behavior by POTUS”

    Yes it is all that but there are millions of Americans, not including me, who support him because he an unconventional guy who does bizarre things. For all of American history the idea of ‘It’s just not done’ has been developed and honed to a fine point. Actually, to the point where politicians have been able to hide behind it and also use it as a weapon against others.

    Regarding the tweets: It was Barack Obama who refused to give up his BlackBerry even though the use of it ‘Was just not done’ by a sitting President. He didn’t do much tweeting with it but there were plenty of them from POTUS. I don’t know if he sent them or if it was one of his lackeys but he actually started it. This President is taking it to a new level. I, too, think many of his tweets make him look foolish and inconsistent but I also think that’s what he is.

    All in all, he is doing some things I like or agree with but he’s also reducing the dignity of the office of President. I also think he’s foolish in openly antagonizing the press. But it must be said, they started it.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Imagine you are chief of police in a city of a couple of hundred thousand. There has been a new mayor elected and, before he takes office, he meets with you and says that he expects loyalty. What would you be thinking?

      Imagine you are the head of internal audit at a S&P 500 company. There has been a new CEO appointed and, before he takes over, he meets with you and says that he expects loyalty. What would you be thinking?

      I can tell you what I would be thinking in either of those scenarios: “This guy is up to no good.”

      This is what I meant by strange behavior. When you add an existing shroud of suspicion for the mayor or CEO it gets even more strange.

      No crimes committed, but very odd behavior.

      • MadBrad says:

        Christie described that as something along the lines of “Typical New York talk”. Yeah. Sounds about right. Yankee talk.

  9. fasttimes says:

    comey isn’t just a putz. i didn’t know who he was before all this stuff started. when i first heard about him it was that he has impeccable character and reputation. since i have started to pay attention, i have not found him to be that exactly.

    his testimony today, i think if you are honest, hurts his reputation more than trump’s. he excuses as to why he did or didn’t do things are not what you would expect from a career law man, imo.

    when asked why he didnt tell the potus the things he was talking with him about were wildly inappropriate his response was “idk? i guess if i was stronger i would have”. that doesn’t pass the smell test to me.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      At minimum, one of them is lying. I would bet large sums of money that both of them are.

      So then, which liar is worse? Trump or Comey? I really don’t know and, at this point, don’t much care.