With the day that much of the politically obsessed population of America has long been waiting for scheduled to arrive this week — the testimony of Special Counsel Robert Mueller in front of Congress — his friend, the former FBI Director James Comey, posted a tweet meant to remind the world of how much regard he holds for the principled prosecutor.
This week, an American patriot takes center stage: he doesn’t want attention; has principles and follows them; and always tells the truth. What an opportunity for young people to be inspired. What a great opportunity for both parties in Congress to follow his example.
— James Comey (@Comey) July 21, 2019
The fired FBI Director — whose removal from office plays such a large role in the obstruction of justice by President Trump that the Mueller report details in its second volume — presents a description of the special counsel that implicitly contrasts Mueller’s impeccable character with that of the target of his investigation, Donald Trump.
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Comey’s description of Mueller as a patriot who does little to seek attention for himself is the polar opposite of Trump’s grandstanding pleas for all eyes to turn towards himself as he ignores the Constitution he had sworn to uphold.
While one could argue that Trump, like Mueller, has principles and follows them, the difference between the president’s principles of self-interest above all and the special counsel’s dedication to selfless service could not be starker.
And it certainly would be difficult to make a case that Donald Trump ever intentionally tells the truth, given his proven track record as the most deceptive president in history.
Comey rightfully presents the essence of Mueller’s character as a potential source of inspiration for the next generation and exhorts the members of Congress to emulate the example of his non-partisan patriotism as they delve further into the details of the results of his investigation, straight from the horse’s mouth.
Despite Comey’s hagiography of his friend, however, it’s useful to remember that Mueller is only testifying reluctantly and that he has vowed to not go beyond the words contained in the text of his already written report.
Let’s hope that his congressional inquisitors can coax more about the many unanswered questions that Mueller’s report left open from the special counsel when he speaks to them.
Only then will Comey’s tweeted tribute ring fully true.
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