A week from now, the United States will be voting, perhaps for the last time. And if, in fact, America is being Made Great Again beginning on Nov. 9, it may have something to do with FBI Director James Comey’s decision to announce that he was back on the Hillary e-mails case.
Now, much of the commentary about Comey’s decision to publicize the discovery of a whole bunch of e-mails that may not have ever crossed Hillary Clinton’s path has taken it for granted that he did it to get on President Trump’s good side, after the shellacking he took from the G.O.P. nominee this summer for dropping the case. But those people are forgetting what Comey did for a living before taking charge at the Bureau three years ago: He was Ray Dalio’s lawyer. And in just two years at Bridgewater Associates, he soaked up the master’s lessons, and learned to be radically honest, open and transparent. Whatever the consequences (or law) may be.
“I went to Bridgewater, in part, because of that culture of transparency,” Comey said during his confirmation hearing. “It’s something that’s just long been part of me. So I think it’s incumbent on every leader to foster an atmosphere where people will speak truth to power.”
Which is not to say that he’s set up a “Transparency Library” in the basement of the J. Edgar Hoover Building.
“Bridgewater’s founder suggested I consider taping all meetings of the FBI,” Comey deadpanned. “I’m not prepared to commit to that.”
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