James Comey could have been a philosophy professor had he not chosen to become an FBI Director. And now that he’s a former FBI Director, he’s taken to tweeting out tiny philosophical epistles to his followers, like today’s missive:
“[T]he citizen’s safety lies in the prosecutor . . . who serves the law and not factional purposes” Robert H. Jackson (former Attorney General, Supreme Court Justice, chief Nuremberg prosecutor)
— James Comey (@Comey) December 15, 2017
Acting like the oracles of ancient Greece, Comey sends out bits of wisdom that many people use as auguries of what’s to come in the continuing investigation into the charges of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government that he began and handed off to Robert Mueller after the President fired him.
That the rule of law reigns supreme over partisan politics is one of the foundational notions of American government, and Comey’s nomination of the prosecutor as the incarnation of the law, and therefore, the protector of the populace, may indicate that another shoe is about to drop in the Mueller’s investigation.
Will more indictments be released as an early Christmas/Kwanza/Hanukkah present for the nation? Or is this a reaction to Trump’s latest visit to the FBI that he’s maligned as being in “tatters”? Perhaps, it’s a reference to the hints that Trump might be getting ready to pardon Michael Flynn to prevent him from revealing details of the collusion and coverup that could bring the Trump administration down.
As with most oracles, Comey isn’t revealing any more detail than his aphorism provides. It will be up to his followers to decipher the meaning in his tweet and retroactively determine its applicability to the events as they unfold.
If you’re a member of the Trump administration, however, you might want to start thinking hard about that Nuremberg reference.