Did Animosity Toward Trump Flip the Narrative About Comey?

It’s confusing. Either FBI agents are a fickle bunch, or the facts relating to the Comey saga have gotten twisted to fit an anti-Trump narrative.

For instance, just seven months ago the FBI was reportedly “in open revolt against” a deceitful Director Comey who forced them “to corrupt their oath of office.”

From an October 13, 2016 special report titled, “Former U.S. Attorney: Agents See FBI Chief Comey as a ‘Dirty Cop’”:

James Comey presides over an FBI in revolt over his leadership, a former U.S. attorney tells The American Spectator, and pursues “paranoid, delusional, and vindictive” measures to prevent negative information leaking out to the public.

“I know that inside the FBI there is a revolt,” Joseph diGenova tells The American Spectator. “There is a revolt against the director. The people inside the bureau believe the director is a dirty cop. They believe that he threw the [Hillary Clinton email] case. They do not know what he was promised in return. But the people inside the bureau who were involved in the case and who knew about the case are talking to former FBI people expressing their disgust at the conduct of the director.”

The loss of faith in the bureau chief stems in part from a dishonest rendering of the decision not to indict Mrs. Clinton as unanimous rather than unilateral and in part from the bureau’s decision to destroy evidence in the case and grant blanket immunity to Clinton underlings for no possible prosecutorial purpose.

“There is a consensus among the employees that the director has lost all credibility and that he cannot lead the bureau,” diGenova explains. “They are comparing him to L. Patrick Gray, the disgraced former FBI director who threw Watergate papers into the Potomac River. The resistance to the director has made the agency incapable of action. It has been described to me as a depression within the agency unlike anything that anyone has ever seen within the bureau. The director’s public explanation for the unorthodox investigation are viewed by people in the bureau as sophomoric and embarrassing.”

“These people,” diGenova adds, “are trained to be loyal, honest, and forthright. What [Comey] did was force them to corrupt their oath of office. They have had enough.”

Quite so.

And yet today you read that Comey was in fact “highly regarded” and that FBI agents are ‘appalled’ at his removal.

From a report Friday titled, “Head of FBI Group: Agents ‘Appalled’ at Comey’s Removal”:

Despite the White House claim that FBI Director James Comey had “lost the confidence” of his agents in the field, the head of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI told Newsmax that Comey was highly regarded by current and former agents.

“The overwhelming opinion of our membership is that Director Comey was outstanding,” said Nancy Savage, executive director of the 80-year-old society that includes more than 8,500 members.

Savage, herself an FBI agent from 1977-2011, was also president of the FBI Agents Association while she was on active duty. She insisted that current agents were “appalled” at Comey’s firing by President Trump on Tuesday.

It’s hard to know what to believe anymore?