THE WASHINGTON POST:
Yes, former FBI director James B. Comey’s new book is a takedown of President Trump. But not exclusively. In what we’ve seen so far of Comey’s telling of the 2016 campaign and aftermath, almost no one in the political world comes out clean.
That fact both lends Comey’s version of events more credibility and opens the door for both sides to focus on what, according to Comey, the other did wrong. And there’s plenty for both sides to point to on that front.
“What a world,” Comey says after a conversation in the fall of 2016 with President Barack Obama’s attorney general, Loretta E. Lynch, calling her “tortured” about how to deal with the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Comey also details how Senate Democrats blasted him for his handling of the Clinton probe. He even has words for Clinton for blaming him in part for her loss. The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker details this and more from the book, which is scheduled to be released Tuesday.
There were lots of reasons for Comey to be on the receiving end of each party’s worst instincts. Republicans were livid when he declined during the campaign to prosecute Clinton for using a private email server while secretary of state.