James Comey, call your former office — or better yet, don’t — because some of your ex-colleagues may want to have a word with you. A new report says several FBI insiders are none too pleased with the fired bureau Director’s interview on ABC.
Real Clear Life reports:
Former FBI director James Comey’s interview with George Stephanopoulos that aired on ABC on Sunday night has angered Comey’s former agents, according to The Daily Beast. Seven current or former FBI agents and officials spoke with Daily Beast during and after the interview aired.
“Hoover is spinning in his grave,” said one former FBI official. “Making money from total failure.”
Between segments, a promo aired about Comey’s upcoming interview with The View. One official didn’t like this, texting the Daily Beast, “Good lord, what a self-serving self-centered jackass. True to form he thinks he’s the smartest guy around.”
One longtime Comey source, a current FBI agent, started off sending multiple thumbs up emojis at the beginning of the interview, but then sent a frowny face, a nauseous emoji and a poop emoji.
As it turns out, Comey’s own friend isn’t impressed with the fired FBI Director, either.
In an interview with CNN’s Ana Cabrera on Monday, Comey pal and former federal prosecutor Walter Mack, bashed “A Higher Loyalty,” over its salacious details.
MACK: “I would say the first thought when I watched that last night was ‘where was his staff?’ ‘where were those around him with comparable experience to overcome whatever beaten down views he had?’ Because at least my experiences that when you feel beaten down, your decision-making is impacted and that’s when you need people around you to get you to think a little bit about your situation and what you’re supposed to do about it.”
CABRERA: “As we understand, this was a five-hour interview that ABC condensed to one-hour and there was so much in it. They did release the full transcript. Did you hear anything or learn anything that surprised you?”
MACK: “Most people, such as Jim and me and others with that experience are very reluctant to be in produced pieces and interviews. When I saw how edited the interview was, and in many ways I was wondering whether he was making the right decision to be interviewed outside of the legal process which he is part of right now..”
CABRERA: “He put himself out clearly, but then he, in his book and some of his comments that he’s made on air, commenting on orange skin and small hands, if he wanted the focus to be on what he sees as a serious threat to the office of the presidency, why go there? Why talk about the president’s appearance?”
MACK: “I’m not going to justify that, myself. The only time I talk to the press is in the courtroom and that is when I’m explaining myself either to a professional and I think you run the risk lowering your platform by interacting and going at all personal. He may regret it. I hope his advisors — I’m not one of them — have considered that in terms of how he conducts himself last night and in the ensuing times. Whether going on book tours and interacting and perhaps lowering his own credibility in order to deal with what’s coming his way, I’m not sure it enhances his reputation.”