So, James Comey is a "private" citizen?

April 13, 2018 |

Fired FBI Director James Comey suddenly has plenty to say, in a newly-released memoir and an upcoming ABC Sunday night prime-time infomercial--- I mean “news show”--- about the book. He spent five hours talking with George Stephanopolous, and now, lucky us! Thanks to the inevitable leaking, we’re already getting to learn how agonizing and challenging it was for someone with the sky-high ethical standards of Comey –- he adeptly rationalized all his own lying and leaking –- to work for someone so lacking in integrity that Comey compares him to a “mob boss.”

Never mind that if Trump really did behave like a mob boss, Comey would be awfully stupid to go on TV and travel around the country publicly dissing him to sell books. That would be way too risky, and, gosh, he’d end up having to spend the millions he’s making from his book on private security for the rest of his natural life. Or maybe he wouldn’t have even written the book after waking up with a horse’s head in his bed. If Trump were really like a mob boss, the smart thing for Comey to do would be to go into the Witness Protection Program and disappear from public life, which, come to think of it, would be nice for the rest of us as well.

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But, no, he’s got too much to say. The timing couldn’t be better, because the Inspector General’s report on the FBI isn’t out yet, so if he hurries, he won’t be tasked with reconciling his book with Michael Horowitz’s findings. And though Democrats were furious at him for damaging (as they thought) Hillary’s Presidential chances days before the election –- never mind that he saved her from indictment with his nonsensical insistence that she didn’t “intend” to break the law –- they’re pretty much done with Hillary now and are more than willing to embrace Comey if he’s trashing Donald Trump. A source “present at the taping” with Stephanopolous told Axios that Comey “answered every question” and offered some new revelations that left the people in the room stunned.

This new openness on the part of Comey has led Byron York, in his column for the Washington Examiner, to wonder why he’s been less than forthcoming in the many months between his firing and his book release. The Senate Judiciary Committee requested in May of 2017 that he sit down with them and testify about the circumstances of his firing and the details of his dealings with the Trump and Obama administrations regarding the Trump/Russia and Hillary email investigations. Though he did sit down with the Senate Intelligence Committee for some other questions, he simply declined to speak to the Judiciary Committee at all. It’s the Judiciary Committee that has primary jurisdiction over the FBI.

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The bipartisan leadership of the Committee wrote to Comey again about a week later, making the case for his testimony: “Given our role in considering the nomination of the next FBI director, the still unanswered questions from your last oversight hearing, and our role in oversight of the Justice Department and the FBI, your testimony will be essential for our constitutional duties.” They wanted to find out as much as they could about the Comey memos, which were unclassified or at a low level of classification, but that’s been difficult when the FBI has refused to let all but a few legislators see these sacred documents and even prohibited them from taking notes.

On June 1, Comey sent a terse response to the Judiciary Committee: “I have received the letter. As a private citizen now, I respectfully decline to answer the questions. Wishing you the best, Jim Comey.” According to Byron York, he has not exchanged a word with the committee since.

But he’s got a book to sell now, and suddenly this “private citizen” is demonstrating the gift of gab...with George Stephanopolous, Rachel Maddow, Stephen Colbert, and, of course, the ladies on “The View.”




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  • Alecia Tisdale

    04/16/2018 05:26 PM

    Comey is a crook, plain and simple. Put him away and off the tv screen.

  • Amelia Little

    04/15/2018 05:39 PM

    I have been going through my emails from you and other sources from the weekend (well, maybe even from last week.) Of course, the big run now is Comey, his book, his rationale for being--well being like he is, other people's assessment of him. I remember oh, starting somewhere the last half of 2016, that the liberals were all SCREAMING for Comey to be fired (hmm...that would have been during the obama administration.) How DARE he or anyone think the "matter" of hilary's emails should be looked at. Looked at, because there was no investigation. And, the left continued to call for his being fired because, of course (in their minds) EVERYONE would have voted for hilary except for this "matter." In fact, I remember they were calling for his being fired until the day he was fired. Really, the day before, there were still calls to fire him. But, since it was under Trump's administration when it happened, OMG--how insane, how terrible, what is Trump trying to hide, etc etc etc. But, let's not recognize that, since obama was no longer President May 9, 2017--exactly what administration did they think was going to take care of this? Were they going to moan and cry and hope that Trump will not get a second term, and that they will have a liberal President next election who would do the honors? And, they would have complained that Trump's administration didn't do anything about him, if he wasn't fired. They also aren't paying attention to Rosenstien--one of the their own who actually did the firing. But, let's not let facts get in way of the outcry. P.S. I don't tweet or twitter, but do get your emails, and follow you on fb!!! Thanks.

  • Anna Kania

    04/15/2018 12:55 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee,
    thank you for your commentary. I am sure Mr. Comey's book is full of his own misguided interpretation of his failed career! He is no better than HRC with her "What Happened" book. Another disgusting 'swamp creature' removed! More to come I hope! I always can agree with you and get on the same page politically. To quote you, "Emotion is a terrible substitute for truth"; MO of the Dems always.
    And Thanks to President Trump for persisting in the face of the occult, diabolical, and elite power, know as 'the swamp'.

  • Connie Karhoff

    04/14/2018 04:24 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I want to thank you for all you are doing to encourage Christians and for truthful accounts of political issues. The double standard and bias of main stream news is unethical and shameful along with what the democratic party has turned into! Many Christians have become complacent and silent instead of boldly proclaiming Gods' Word. Churches stand behind separation of church and state until now, we are even having our right to voice our opinion like everyone else taken away. May this be the time when we unite! Couldn't we have a Christian march? A quote I often think of - "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing". May God and all who come behind us find us faithful.

  • David Colonna

    04/14/2018 03:28 PM

    Mike, All i can say is Hillary, McCabe, Comey and Govenor Jerry Brown should all be locked away in prison or even better the looney farm. They all have and continue to disgrace the United States oh yes add the View to this list also. May God continue to reveal the real truth about the Swamp creatures.

  • shelley Rubinstein

    04/14/2018 02:31 PM

    Some things never change. The leftists can break every law with impunity, (including perjury, treason, and murder!) but they scream bloody murder whenever a conservative just works to impact positive, healthy change in a culture that is devouring itself!

  • Mary Wingo

    04/14/2018 12:54 PM

    Thanks , Mike Huckabee, for your
    Commentary. Love your witty remarks ,and appreciate humor.
    So enjoy Sarah Sanders, with her no
    nonsense replies . She is awesome!


    04/14/2018 10:53 AM


  • john consier

    04/14/2018 06:52 AM

    Hi Mike, What a interesting week, all along I thought that the safety and protection our United States of America was in good hands of the FBI. I really thought that the FBI had our backs. After all,our hard earned tax dollars are being spent for this protection. Boy, what a slap in our face. I once heard someone call our Nations police force, the "fumbling, bumbling, idiots, and I thought that was such a cruel thing to say about such an important organization. Well, that just proved to me, that person was right. "THE COMEY BOOK", I will not spend another dime on this group of unworthy, liars. America, deserves better than this. This Organization needs to be disbanded and replaced with men of Honesty and real Integrity. That step alone, along with a new name, will make this Christian Nation Great again. Let the swamp draining begin. God Bless Donald Trump and The United States of America.

  • Tricia Kennemer

    04/14/2018 12:59 AM

    It is EASILY proven the Democrat Communist Party is the party of LIES, CORRUPTION and DECEIT. They are so HYPOCRITICAL and believe those who vote for them are complete idiots who don't research or follow their political power plays. Before Comey was fired they wanted him OUT. He had no credibility. After he is fired they go after the President. LIARS LIARS LIARS in EVERYTHING they do on EVERY LEVEL.

  • Steven E Armstrong

    04/13/2018 05:29 PM

    I'm so glad our founding fathers aren't around to see or hear this. It's so disheartening. Where are the statesmen of America who would die before they betrayed their sacred trust to God and country?

  • Michael Egbert

    04/13/2018 05:26 PM

    And you're surprised by all this? He's finally showing his true democrat colors...

  • Linda Rath

    04/13/2018 05:24 PM

    Mike: I always love the humorous way you have of presenting the issues. I heard a few excerpts from the GS interview [gotta love those "leakers!"] and I thought Rush was going to stroke out. I could not believe the things Comey said--what garbage--he is still lying! Boy, I hope it all catches up to him--sooner, rather than later. God help us all with people like him in leadership positions!

  • Elaine Kuebler

    04/13/2018 05:10 PM

    Despicable Deplorable! Would we have expected anything less than this coming from someone who was/is in bed with Hillary?

  • marybeth zurzolo

    04/13/2018 04:40 PM

    EVERYONE who respects the rule of law in this country SHOULD NOT WATCH this show on Sunday!!! I know that Hannity does not agree with boycotting, BUT to give ratings to this show is unpatriotic.

  • jack macdonald

    04/13/2018 04:26 PM

    Where does our govt find jerks like this and how do they rise thru the ranks to become The FBI director? Wouldn't there have been some red flag along the way that this guy isn't leadership material? His lack of integrity permeated through his staff as is evident now. Why hasn't Sessions fired Rosenstein and the two lovebirds among other corrupt individuals in the agency?

  • Ann Merritt

    04/13/2018 04:19 PM

    Mike your article is right-on, I wouldn't believe a word Comey said, he's a self engrandising egomaniac. He has done nothing but lie since he's been on the scene, I notice all the left-leaning interviewers he's picked to tell his lies to. Thanks for your articles.

  • paul bonanno

    04/13/2018 03:44 PM

    If Comey thinks Trump was like a mob boss, I wonder how he really feels about the Clintons who have left a real body count in their wake. I think his attacks on Trump are just done to appease the Clinton's who probably have him in the crosshairs for that last call to see her papers just before the election. If Comey suddenly dies it will be to blame something else the Clintons did, that gets blamed on Trump.

  • Mary Meyer

    04/13/2018 03:05 PM

    He has an ego that won't quit. I ask you where does an ego like that, which allows him to lie, lie and lie again, come from, God or Statan?

  • Betty Gayheart

    04/13/2018 02:58 PM

    Why do we allow this to continue? Comey, Strozk, Paige, Rosenstein, Meuller and all the other "officials" and I use that term loosely, are making a mockery of our constitution and we are letting them. As a private citizen, I couldn't thumb my nose at the FBI and refuse to testify about anything, why are they allowed to? As far as some of them still having security clearance, it's a disgrace. America had better wake up before it's too late, if it isn't already.

  • Marilyn Oufnac

    04/13/2018 02:41 PM

    Totally agree with your comments. The fact that Comey would not answer the Juddiciary Committee’s questions tells us all that he could not give them any truth without revealing the laws and ethics he has broken. How dare he let Hillary Clinton go free, not even interrogate her or hold her responsible for her many obstruction of justice activities and then excoriate President Trump?

  • Richard Singletary

    04/13/2018 02:40 PM

    Progressive equals u took down a statue of general lee, u replaced it with a statue of a crack head in washington DC marion barry. u ever hear the song i want a new progressive drug worse than the last one i dropped in my mouth and blew out my ass by the democrats. well that is to smart for democrats see they rather just shove the new progressive drug up their rectum why bother placing the drug in their mouth by pass that shove it up their ass!!!

  • Viola Wallace

    04/13/2018 02:07 PM

    Bill Clinton had affairs both while Govnor of AR and in the White House. Also President had affairs in and out
    of the White House according to what I read in the news. Why is that all right for those two and what makes this
    different for President Trump. I will vote again for President Trump. Mayleania is a pretty Lady. I support his
    making Jerusalem the Capital of Israel.

  • Arlene Hurley

    04/13/2018 01:48 PM

    Dear Mike. I wouldn't believe a word he says.

  • Susan steffani

    04/13/2018 01:37 PM

    we want no Gestapo or secret police. The FBI is tending in that direction. They are dabbling in sex-life scandals and plain blackmail. J. Edgar Hoover would give his right eye to take over, and all congressmen and senators are afraid of him. — Harry S. Truman
    This FBI makes hoover look good.


    04/13/2018 01:36 PM

    I LOVE YOU, this item on Comey, is fabulous, he really is a male version of Hillary trying to explain why he was fired. Never mind
    the WHY part, he feels he did nothing wrong! Really, he should be in jail with her! Can't wait until the Inspector General's report
    comes out and how bad it makes Comey look! Another liberal with a big mouth!

  • Bryant Wood

    04/13/2018 01:22 PM

    I knew James Comey was a liar when Trey Gowdy was questioning him about Hillary Clinton. He answered a question, then when he realized Trey Gowdy already knew the answer, he changed his answer. He should have known his lies would finally catch up with him. He is a horrible person and I hope he gets proscecuted for his lies to the House of Representatives and to the American people. I can't stand the Obama-loving creep!

  • Sharon Killion

    04/13/2018 01:15 PM

    No integrity. Wonder if he can sleep at night.


    04/13/2018 01:00 PM

    The Clintons would have never let him get this far

  • Diane Hodge Nagorr

    04/13/2018 12:58 PM

    Is there NOT a PROCESS within our laws that would uncover the lies and deceit that surround Comey and Hillary's emails? Wouldn't that show him to be what he's really made of?

  • Marc Jeric

    04/13/2018 12:50 PM

    Former FBI Director James Comey has a long history of involvement in Department of Justice actions that arguably ended up favorable to the Clintons. In 2001, following the original 9/11 mass murder by the Muslim jihadists, President Bush asked the FBI to track the movements of likely Muslim jihadists; Comey and Mueller refused that request on the basis that such tracking would be “un-American”. The jihadist mass murders of Americans in Boston, Chattanooga, Orlando, Fort Hood, and San Bernardino are therefore the direct result of that irresponsible refusal. In 2004 Comey, then serving as a deputy attorney general in the Justice Department, apparently limited the scope of the criminal investigation of Sandy Berger, which left out former Clinton administration officials who may have coordinated with Berger in his removal and destruction of classified records from the National Archives. The documents were relevant to the accusations that the Clinton administration was negligent in the build-up to the 9/11 terrorist attack. Back a year or two ago, FBI director Comey announced that despite the evidence of “extreme negligence” by Hillary Clinton and her top aides regarding the handling of classified information through her unprotected private email server, the FBI would not refer criminal charges to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Justice Department since it was just a case of innocent negligence. Imagine a similar finding of the Nuremberg trials of the Nazi criminals: “Well – yes, Goebbels did order that 6 million Jews be exterminated – but he really did not mean it, so let him go free with an appropriate government pension”. And now those two criminal anti-American traitors – Comey and Mueller - are “investigating” Russian influence in the Trump electoral victory???

  • April Allison-Garlow

    04/13/2018 12:49 PM

    Have you ever seen actor Steve Carell's character on the office? He's the Regional Manager that says and does the most ignorant things and is oblivious about how other people perceive him---honestly , I think they used Comey as their inspiration for Michael Scott.
    Oh God, my mind is going a mile an hour.
    — Michael Scott, The Office
    Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.
    — Michael Scott, The Office
    I guess the attitude that I've tried to create here is that I'm a friend first and a boss second and probably an entertainer third.
    — Michael Scott, The Office
    He's that inept, incompetent employee that finally gets fired and spends the rest of their life trashing the boss that fired him--even friends cringe with embarrassment when he does it.

  • Carlos Ramos

    04/13/2018 12:45 PM

    What we dont see in history books is Mafia boss and crime chief Alphonse Capone states; "You aint got nuttin on me, Im a private citizen now and am gonna write a book. I can walk away from everything." Well thats what Comey and Hillary and every Damned Democrat since the tainted Bilk Clinton. This has reached absurd proportions

  • James j Phillips

    04/13/2018 12:44 PM

    First off, you wrote a noteworthy article that should get you a Pulitzer.

    How can all of these lefty criminals get away with what they do?
    Is there a political game rule that liberals don’t have to follow the Constitution and/or other laws?

    Please Mike, if you know, please tell me and all of the others who have the same question.

    Thank you,


    It appears to be a Web of Deceit among the liberals that we never interfere with or attempt to enter Or this web is already weaved so Deep into Our country.

    It never seems to amaze me that we don’t prosecute any of them.

  • Maria G Hufty

    04/13/2018 12:27 PM

    Your article was a nice read, so you said, if Trump was like the Mafia, comey would be in the witness protection now! I for one will not be buying his new book of lies, lies, and more lies!

  • Joseph Orsini

    04/13/2018 12:20 PM

    GREAT insights; I especially like the "horse's head" reference.

  • Gil Bellamy

    04/13/2018 12:20 PM

    Several members of Congress have announced recently that why will retire as of January, 2019. The reason is simple. They were elected to a term that ends when a replacement for them is sworn in during January, 2019. Those announcing their retirement now are doing so in time for candidates to meet the deadlines for registering as a candidate in time to be on the ballot in the Primary elections. The Primary election season begins soon.

  • Esther Sims

    04/13/2018 12:19 PM

    I worry that a few very important words have been taken out of the dictionary...CHARACTER, DIPLOMACY, ETHICAL, SACRED. Have they been wiped clean? And, one very special one...FORGIVENESS.

    If justice is not served from all the FBI/DOJ findings, I will be truly disappointed.

  • Susan Dyar

    04/13/2018 12:14 PM

    What is that old saying? It’s better for someone to think you’re a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. This definitely applies to Comey.

  • Silent Hammer

    04/13/2018 12:11 PM

    Well, he recently apologized to Madam Hillary for ruining her chances to be "President Hillary". I guess he's hearing the whisper of the axe -- but not from President Trump. Lets many people associated with the Clintons have now committed suicide? Trust The Plan! GBA! GBDJT!

  • rodney burke

    04/13/2018 12:10 PM

    time to put the private citizen in San Quentin for about 20 for all his shenanigans and crimes. Like to o many others, the USC is very clear and they need to be sent to jail for ignoring the Code. A few, should be hung for treason and murder but i won't mention, likely I'd be censored like I have been on Facebook twice for telling the truth. It's obvious FB can't handle the truth, they are NOT "fair and balanced" They are UNhinged.

  • Evelyn Lantz

    04/13/2018 12:09 PM

    The people of this country sat through 8 long years of hearings on the scandalous dealings of the Obama administration. It began with Fast and Furious and the crowning achievement was when both the Dems and the Republicans let Hillary Clinton walk, free of any charges, after Benghazi and the ILLEGAL email server she had stashed in her bathroom!!! Not one person involved in the many scandals throughout those 8 long years were so much as fired much less indicted!!! Most of them received raises, promotions, AND bonuses from the administration for again getting away with ripping off the American people!!! The Republicans involved in those hearings and committees are either the most inept and foolish bunch of politicians in history OR they are guilty of collusion with the Democratic Party in their offenses!!! (Could be a combination of both!)
    We hardly had a month of the Trump presidency when THESE charges were brought against him!! There has never been any proof of the Trump campaign colluding with the Russians to effect the election and yet over a year into his presidency we are still paying people to spy on the president and the people who supported him!! We now have an Attorney General that we thought would support the Constitution and the rule of WHY has Comey not had charges brought against him for his lies under oath and other offenses??? WHY have NONE of the many offenses committed within the Obama administration not been addressed? WHY are the low down bunch of RINOs in Congress and the Senate still not supporting the people's choice for president?? Those RINOs are as responsible for the lack of action on the Trump agenda as the Dems are! They supported Hillary for president rather than the choice of registered Republicans for presidency! They actually opposed the people's choice! Where IS the president's Attorney General??? Sadly, he chose a man that was just like the rest of the Republicans! He sounds like a true patriot who will serve the people while campaigning, but his actions once in office show that he has a totally different agenda! An agenda that supports the huge multinational foreign manufacturing corporations that have been formed thanks to the globalization of the economies of the west INSTEAD of working for the American people! Are Americans really as stupid as these politicians think that they are??!! These Republican politicians have had the backing of a corrupt GOP, that only supports candidates that are chosen by the "special interests" that have been selling out the people of this country for far too long! The people WILL put forth their own candidates if the GOP continues to work for the special interests instead of the people! We have known for a while where the Dems stand concerning this country but the Republicans have consistently fooled the people with their patriot speak while campaigning then holding the door for the Democrat's agenda once elected! The Republicans deserve the Academy Award for acting not the folks in Hollywood!

  • jose avelino

    04/13/2018 11:56 AM

    Since Comey was an FBI director, was his book cleared for publication & worldwide distribution by the FBI?

  • Brent Winters

    04/13/2018 11:51 AM

    Is the special counsel and proposed protection of special counsel unconstitutional ? Trump is President over the executive Branch he does have the Authority to fire Mueller , and his gang along with sessions .
    I want to see the same investigation results into Hillary Clinton and the Democrats.
    Brent Winters

  • Linda Mahan

    04/13/2018 11:47 AM

    With all this information on paper and all the corruption exposed, how much longer are we the people going to have to reward the criminal element of government with security clearance status, retirement pensions, & freedom? We would be paying the price by now but they keep going & going making millions on books & speeches, while military personnel are stripped of their retirement and out on disgrace. These snakes deserve prison stripes or penalties of some kind, not rewards. A bunch of lying cheats laughing at the hangman.

  • Gretchen Dalton

    04/13/2018 11:46 AM

    Democrats have the perfect example of why you should not aspire to be a democrat - Hillary and Comey. They lead the pack. When my son was a baby his grandfather had a picture of him sitting on the floor with the cutest smile on his face (this was 50 years ago) and the caption on the picture read "He looked like a democrat, so I bit him!"

  • John Hassinger

    04/13/2018 11:43 AM

    It is well known that the news media hates Trump. He is no saint but they twist lies into so called facts. I think Trump should fire more of the treasonous Obama crowd. NBC, CBS, ABC should be held accountable for their treason

  • Stephen Russell

    04/13/2018 11:42 AM

    Good his PR for book can bury him, then to see any threats made to him IE beg for Witness Protection.
    & Take down with others.
    Aided the scandal day 1, why not have him pay.

  • Sheryl Vargo

    04/13/2018 11:31 AM

    What's even sadder then America's corrupt FBI and the vampires in the Democrat party and their bloodthirsty media cohorts drooling over his lies is that liberals prefer to stay dumb to the reality that HRC and the DNC, with Comey's and MSM's help, worked together to sweep their corruption under the rug, i.e., fake dossier, Uranium One, voter fraud, fake memos, damage or destroy anyone who didn't play along and give a free pass to anyone did. You know who you are.

  • Wanda Tellechea

    04/13/2018 11:29 AM

    James Comey you did not do the right thing as far as Hilary Clinton, the e mails, her lies. Her husbands involvement, I wonder how much he offered you. We the people put our trust in you and the FBI, I don't know if we will ever get that back. I feel sorry for your family.