Having had a wealth of expertise with Donald Trump and Jim Comey over the a long time, New Yorkers know each males fairly properly.
As the 2 query one another’s reminiscence and integrity — Comey within the context of his new e-book, Trump as he continues raging towards a deep-state “witch hunt” — that have appropriately colours our judgment.
Comey, who bases his account on meticulous notes taken in his time as FBI director, writes that Trump by no means expressed concern about Russian meddling within the 2016 election, however did search to steer investigators away from getting too near his aides.
He says Trump was obsessive about disproving claims in a file on his ties to Russia, particularly the allegation that he paid prostitutes to urinate on a lodge room mattress in a 2013 journey to Moscow.
He calls Trump’s habits tantamount to that of a mob boss, and says he was, and is, “untethered to the reality.”
Trump denies all of it, smearing Comey as a “showboat” and a “liar.”
Whom to consider?
We all know Trump as an exhausting and shameless self-promoter whose North Star is publicity, of any type. His falsehoods have been repeatedly disproven; he stays unchastened.
Start with a recollection from our competitor paper, former New York Publish Web page Six editor Susan Mulcahy. Writing in Politico in 2016, she associated her dealings with Trump within the 1980s: “he couldn’t management his pathological mendacity. He lied about every thing, with gusto.”
Recall the full-page advert Trump took out on this paper and others calling for the dying penalty for the 5 younger males convicted of a rape in Central Park in 1989.
Years later, DNA proof linked one other man to the crime; he confessed and mentioned he had acted alone. Trump has by no means apologized or expressed a smidgeon of doubt about his shameless smear marketing campaign.
In 2007, Trump was put beneath oath, in a deposition in a libel case. He had sued a reporter for defamation, accusing him of being reckless and dishonest. Thirty instances in that interview, Trump was caught having unfold blatant falsehoods.
In 1993, in a sworn deposition given within the chapter case for Trump Plaza, Trump’s personal lawyer, Patrick McGahn, testified that attorneys at all times visited the consumer in pairs.
The explanation: “We tried to do it with Donald at all times if we might, as a result of Donald says sure issues after which has an absence of reminiscence.”
McGahn continued: “He’s an skilled at deciphering issues. Let’s put it that means.”
This is identical man who in 2016 mentioned largely false, false or pants-on-fire false issues in seven out of 10 marketing campaign statements rated by Politifact.
By one other dependable depend, Trump made 2,140 false or deceptive claims in his first yr in workplace.
What of Comey, who makes critical allegations about issues the President mentioned to him behind closed doorways?
From 2002 to 2003, this board knew him as america legal professional for the Southern District of New York; George W. Bush had appointed him because the nation’s preeminent federal prosecutor. He served honorably.
The service continued when he was promoted to deputy legal professional common; in a single notable bout of conscience, he threatened to resign if the Bush White Home overruled a Justice Division discovering that warrantless wiretapping was unconstitutional.
Tapped by President Obama as FBI director in Could 2013, he was confirmed by the Senate 93-1, and customarily served in that publish with distinction.
Comey isn’t any saint. He has made grave errors of judgment, together with in how he closed, then reopened, an investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a non-public e-mail server. He has a penchant for sounding sanctimonious.
However nobody has ever had motive to query Comey’s honesty or integrity. Till now. The person who does fairly clearly has neither.