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A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

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Former FBI director James Comey shares his experiences from his two decades in government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an entry into the corridors of power and a lesson in what makes an effective leader. Mr. Comey served as director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama. He previously served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and as the U.S. Deputy Attorney General in the administration of President George W. Bush. From prosecuting the Mafia and Martha Stewart to helping change the Bush administration's policies on torture and electronic surveillance, overseeing the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation as well as ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, Comey has been involved in some of the most consequential cases and policies of recent history.… (lisätietoja)
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In his book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership", James Comey tells his story as a lawyer, a prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General, and FBI Director. In telling his story, he emphasizes his non-partisanship throughout his professional career. As he points out, he was named Federal Prosecutor in New York because he was acceptable to both Democrats and Republicans. Later in his career, he was appointed Assistant Attorney General under John Ashcroft by Republican President G. W. Bush because he was acceptable to the Administration. During his senate confirmation hearing for becoming assistant Attorney General under Ashcroft, he was asked by Senators how he would handle conflict with the White House. In response, Comey stated that he'd always do the right thing. Part of what he answered was "I don't care about politics, I don't care about expediency, I don't care about friendship". He made it clear that he always wanted to do the right thing, and would never be part of doing anything which he felt to be wrong.

When Obama, a Democrat, became President, Comey was appointed to the position of FBI Director. During his interview for that position, he reiterated that the FBI should be independent and totally divorced from politics. That's the very reason why the FBI Director position is set for a ten year term, bridging Presidential terms.

It become clear when reading this book that Comey is emphasizing the point that he is, and always has been non-partisan in his career. This would support his claim that he was fired from his position as FBI Director under President Trump for political reasons, e.g., because he wouldn't squash the FBI investigation into whether the Trump campaign staff colluded with the Russians to help influence the election. If Trump thought Comey was unfair to him for allowing that investigation to continue, Democrats likewise felt Comey was unfair when he announced weeks before the 2016 Presidential Election that the FBI was re-opening their investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of personal e-mails, which in many people's minds, cost her the election.

Whether Comey was fired for political reasons or not is a matter of Trump's word vs. Comey's word. Trump had his say in firing Comey. In this book, Comey has his chance to make his point that Trump simply was upset with him because of his handling of the Russia investigation. It's Comey's opinion that we are experiencing a dangerous time in our Country, being in a political environment where basic facts are disputed, lying is normalized, and unethical behavior is ignored, excused, or rewarded. Those leaders who never think they're wrong, who never question their judgments or perspectives are a danger to the organizations and the people they lead. In some cases, they're a danger to the World. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
In-the-minute political memoirs aren't usually my cup of tea--I like a little historical perspective. But with all the press I decided to get it from the library and judge for myself.

Overall, Comey comes across as a decent, honest guy--though he protests a bit too much about not being righteous. His flaws are two: one, he's got a tendency towards Hamletian indecisiveness (leading the reader through all the possible outcomes), and two, he continued to view his position and decisions at the FBI as being above politics even when it was impossible to be apolitical. No matter what decision he made, it was going to have political impact; he was deluding himself to think that he could exclude politics from his decision.

The juicy parts about DJT have all been covered extensively. There's some interesting tidbits about his previous work including the Bush surveillance program, and his work as FBI director. He does mention Reinhold Niebuhr multiple times, but I like Niebuhr, as Protestants go, so I'll let it slide. The book sounds like he wrote it--not like the work of a professional ghostwriter, but that's no bad thing either. ( )
  arosoff | Jul 11, 2021 |
Comey is either a talented writer or he had one hell of an editor - perhaps both. Clearly a man who reads and who has thought about what he has read. When your readers all know the ending as well as a lot of what happened in the middle, it must be tough to write a story that will keep them reading, but he pulls it off. Graceful, vivid writing; good eye for detail; pleasantly leavened with some self-deprecating humor; and sharp portraits of people we know something about, but with added personal detail or anecdote that brings them to life. (Such as: Bob Mueller's reputation at the FBI was such that when he had knee surgery, rumor was he had declined anesthesia in favor of a leather strap to bite on. Mueller also wore a white dress shirt every single day for the twelve years of his tenure as FBI director. On Comey's first day, he wore a blue shirt. And you bet, people noticed.) Some may remember the infamous confrontation when Dick Cheney's minions tried to bully Attorney General John Ashcroft into signing off on allowing torture of prisoners, when Ashcroft was critically ill in a hospital intensive care unit. Ashcroft memorably heaved himself up in bed and told them in no uncertain terms he would do no such thing. Comey adds that as the minions stormed out of the room, Ashcroft's wife "scrunched her face and stuck her tongue out at them."

So he's a good storyteller. And a generous one: he seems to like everyone. He lauds bosses whom he admired and who set examples for what a good boss should be. He praises and thanks many, many colleagues by name for their smarts, talents, and hard work. He is grateful to his sharp, loyal wife.

And then there's Hillary Clinton - who it appears he has still never actually met. He gives us a detailed, careful exposition of what happened when, who knew what when, and how certain decisions (you know the ones I mean) were made and why. And took a hell of a beating for them. He freely admits that others might have made different decisions, also for good reasons, but sticks by what he did and explains why - in understandable legal terms - Hillary's email cluelessness did not add up to criminal conduct in the eyes of a very large group of experienced, knowledgeable people who worked the issue over six ways from Sunday.

And then there's Trump. Much has been made of one paragraph in which he describes Trump's physical appearance in unflatteringd terms. But let's face it: if you were to meet Trump in person for the first time, can anyone honestly say they would NOT peer at the hair and the hands? The encounters are creepy and scary, and it is no wonder it ended as it did. I hope he feels ultimately he escaped a worse nightmare.

The turnover rate of employees at the FBI is 0.5%. Comey is smart, thoughtful, and a damn good writer. He seems to treat colleagues with a generous spirit. Maybe a little smug? A little bit of a prig who likes to expound on his personal quest for virtue? Yeah, but isn't it a little refreshing to hear from someone who aspires to find what the "right" thing is and then try to do it? ( )
1 ääni JulieStielstra | May 17, 2021 |
This was a good account by James Comey of his career and involvement with some pretty contentious issues. I have no way to be particularly certain of the truth conveyed, but it was well presented and seemed internally consistent. He seems like a reasonable person who was involved in some unfortunate no-win situations, although it also seems like he sought out some of it, particularly earlier in his career. He did seem to have a deep respect for President Obama and unease with President Trump, and the "pee tape" does seem more believable based on Comey's account of meetings with Trump, but I think that tape is a relatively minor issue.

My favorite part was the "race to the hospital" in the Stellar Wind situation; I'm concerned that Comey is anti-encryption (like the FBI generally has been), but at least in that case he stood up for individual rights vs. the government. There was only one really new fact in the book for me -- that there existed classified intelligence (about unverified third party reports) about the Loretta Lynch's involvement in the Clinton email drama known to the government before the election.

There probably won't be a truly objective account of these incidents for a long time, and this book will definitely be a primary source for the ultimate definitive account. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
After reading Fire and Fury, I must say that this book was refreshing. Whatever else Comey is, he at least is educated, organized, and articulate. This was a breeze to read. It felt like, rather than the rush job that was Fire and Fury, this book was started with those first memos.

This is The Beautification of Comey, by Comey. There's nothing new here in terms of insight into the investigations, campaign, or his relatively brief time in office with Trump. He makes a point to talk up how much he liked and respected Obama but it really feels tacked on, one part to placate Hillary supporters (e.g. "See, I can like a Democrat!") and one part to indirectly insult Trump through comparison. He makes sure to trot out how liberal his wife and daughter are, "I can't be biased, I know liberals! I married one and I let my daughter be one!"

The tone of the book is sanctimonious and patronizing. He urges leaders to self-critique and admit mistakes but takes care to walk out how everything he did was the pinnacle of ethics and leadership. I did follow his arguments and tried to see things from his point of view, and I acknowledge it was a shitty situation all around. He challenged me but I don't think he convinced me. I feel more sympathy for him, but I don't agree with how he handled situations. He lays out how he took hard stances, said the hard things....and then his spine deflated when it was Trump and his party. He ultimately comes off as a coward that was willing to play semantics games with Trump (e.g., "I said HONEST loyalty, not PERSONAL loyalty!") to keep his job, rather than stand up for ethical leadership more staunchly.

Do I think he deliberately did what he did to hurt Hillary? No. Do I think he took pains to be even handed? Absolutely not. He seemed to care more about emails than about foreign interference. He was, perhaps, inadvertently or accidentally biased, but biased nonetheless. He is so up his own ass about how unbiased he must be it makes me question if he was able to accurately view his behavior for bias. Of particular note was his line about how both Hillary and Trump were flawed, as if they were equally unqualified for office....even after multiple investigations exonerated her! Ultimately he supported a party that made a Trump presidency possible, and my only solace while reading the awful things Trump did (and continues to do) was knowing that Comey suffered for it, too. ( )
  kaitlynn_g | Dec 13, 2020 |
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In the copious literature of the US capital, there is a sub-genre we might call "the saint in the swamp". It focuses on the travails of an honest man sent to wade through the muck and slime of America’s political Babylon. The exemplar is, of course, the 1939 classic film Mr Smith Goes to Washington, with Jimmy Stewart as the lone man of integrity on the Potomac. But the archetype recurs at intervals in the culture, with the West Wing's Jed Bartlet a more recent incarnation. And now we can add a new, non-fiction addition: the memoir of James Comey, the FBI director fired a year ago by Donald Trump.

[...] In Comey's telling, Obama was something of a saint in the swamp. Obama valued what Comey himself cherished and regarded as near-sacred: the independence of US institutions and, more important still, the obligation to tell the truth.

There was a time when we might have teased such a man, mocking him as an earnest altar boy. But we don't have that luxury now. In today's world, truth has become a precious commodity and those ready to risk their careers to defend it are few and far between. Comey may be self-righteous, but in 2018 and given the alternatives, that has come to look like a rather tolerable vice.
 
They (Comey, Trump) are as antipodean as the untethered, sybaritic Al Capone and the square, diligent G-man Eliot Ness in Brian De Palma's 1987 movie "The Untouchables" ; ot the vengeful outlaw Frank Miller and Gary Cooper's stoic, duty-driven marshal Will Kane in Fred Zimmerman's 1952 classic "High Noon."
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Former FBI director James Comey shares his experiences from his two decades in government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an entry into the corridors of power and a lesson in what makes an effective leader. Mr. Comey served as director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama. He previously served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and as the U.S. Deputy Attorney General in the administration of President George W. Bush. From prosecuting the Mafia and Martha Stewart to helping change the Bush administration's policies on torture and electronic surveillance, overseeing the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation as well as ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, Comey has been involved in some of the most consequential cases and policies of recent history.

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