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First question one would ask themselves after watching/listening to the interview would most likely be, what did I learn from this interview? I would have to say just about all of which was discussed between Comey and Stephanopoulos had already been made public. What really did come through in that interview was how uncomfortable Comey was around Trump. This interview didn't really have any earth shattering revelations but mostly centered around Comey's personal feelings and observations during his short time as head of the FBI under Trump's tenure in the White House. Should we have expected some real dirt on Trump to come from this interview? What I personally was hoping to hear about was the day to day on goings at the White House and how Trump viewed the role of the FBI. Instead Comey spoke of his regrets especially his participation in the Hillary investigation and didn't really go into any depth except to say he did have regrets and didn't know if he really did or did not directly play a role in preventing Hillary from winning the election.
Okay, I got it. Comey was not at all comfortable around Trump especially when Trump had these one on one conversations with Comey. Comey felt that these conversations should not have taken place and in hindsight he should have declined the offer to meet one on one with Trump. Well if Comey did feel these one on one meetings with Trump were inappropriate then why after the first one continue to meet with Trump culminating in a one on one dinner at the White House.
What I got from this interview is that Comey conducted himself in a very civil and mature manner and even in his criticism of folks he felt had let him down or slighted him, yet he still maintained his civility and did not once try to turn this interview into a mud slinging contest. You just wait. Trump has already long before this interview demeaned and degraded Comey with his childish vulgar insults. Wait, wait, there will be more to come because Trump cannot allow Comey, or anyone, have the last word. Wait for the rantings of a 10 year old to come.
Was this really the in depth interview everyone was expecting or was this some slick public relations move conducted to sell his book?
For those who missed the interview and are interested in reading the transcript then click the link below.