The blockbuster New York Times report gives a more detailed look at Trump's controversial meeting with Russian officials the day after Comey's controversial dismissal. Trump and his supporters see Comey as a political showboat who was obstructing his presidency, while the left are starting to see Comey as a political outsider who fell victim to obstruction of justice.
The conversation, during a May 10 meeting — the day after he fired Mr. Comey — reinforces the notion that Mr. Trump dismissed him primarily because of the bureau’s investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives. Mr. Trump said as much in one televised interview, but the White House has offered changing justifications for the firing.
After Comey's disastrous handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server, many on the right see Comey as a political showboat who is addicted to the limelight. Following a "poor, poor performance" at a public Senate hearing, where Comey asserted a false claim about Huma Abedin's emails during Congressional testimony, many on the right believe Comey deserved to be fired. The best FBI directors keep their mouths shut, do their jobs and let the Justice Department do the heavy lifting. Comey, however, is a nut job.
Mr. Trump castigated Mr. Comey as “a showboat” and “a grandstander,” suggesting that his issues with the F.B.I. director went beyond any previously stated concerns.
The left have their reasons to hate Comey; he arguably titled the election in Trump's favor with a last-minute letter to Congress disclosing that the FBI was re-opening the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails (only to find out later that it was a big 'ole nothingburger). But his public battle with Trump has created a new narrative for the embattled former FBI director—that of a tireless advocate for truth and justice fighting against a bellicose president who prizes loyalty over honesty. He's not a nut job, he's a hero.
"I would not feel good about myself if I did not make clear that I have come to know and admire James Comey as a man of integrity and a hero - i.e., he is a man who will sacrifice his own well being for the greater purpose."