The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Bob Bauer complements his (accurate) previous analysis.
Comey’s narrative at best, if taken at face value, puts forth a tragic example of how personal beliefs and biases, coupled in an amplified feedback loop create a delusion of self-righteousness and justification leading to bad judgment.
But they are in-congruent, with not-so-uncompromising values and integrity which can stand on their head when it would serve his interests and maintain a holy image. They cannot hold true at the same time and Bauer politely points it out.
Throw in unspoken, understated but evident religious undertones and overtones, he knew what he was doing when he created the explosive environment and then started a fire leading to an unnecessary and avoidable hell.
The word hubris has been mentioned by many. It is also true that all men of uncompromising integrity, with a stellar track record, who failed, did so in a critical point in time, with one or a series of bad decisions. People do err and fail but he is still not getting it. At this point, a man of integrity and humility (and a true Christian, since it is a big part of his personal brand, and if that mention has a place in civic discourse) should be apologizing to the nation, the FBI and the DOJ (and God since it is a big part of his personal brand.)
DOJ shirking its supervisory responsibility is no solace either. At the end though all “but for” tests lay the responsibility at the/that FBI’s doorsteps.
… at a time when it is exceptionally important to “stand up and support” the enforcement of institutional norms and regular order, Comey has declined to do so. It is surprising, then, that he remains convinced that his ethic of “higher loyalty” serves institutional interests and values. His reply to the IG report instead seems to show that, while there can be little doubt of his good faith, the nature of this loyalty is deeply personal rather than institutional.