After the surprising firing of James Comey, a friend of the former FBI director published a blog which described the extent to which Comey tried to keep his distance from Donald Trump. In one particular story, Comey's friend claimed the former director once tried to blend in with the White House curtains to avoid Trump.
In a Lawfare blog titled "What James Comey Told Me About Donald Trump," Benjamin Wittes details several stories Comey told him regarding his work with President Trump and the White House. According to Wittes, Comey worked to maintain a certain level of distance from the president. In one instance, he tried to camouflauge into the curtains in order to possibly avoid contact with the president.
When Comey was invited to a meeting for law enforcement leadership by the president, he didn't want the Democrats to think he was any closer to the president than he actually was. However, he knew he could not refuse the invitation.
"So he went. But as he told me the story, he tried hard to blend into the background and avoid any one-on-one interaction. He was wearing a blue blazer and noticed that the drapes were blue. So he stood in the back, right in front of the drapes, hoping Trump wouldn’t notice him camouflaged against the wall," Wittes wrote.
"Comey was disgusted. He regarded the episode as a physical attempt to show closeness and warmth in a fashion calculated to compromise him before Democrats who already mistrusted him," Wittes wrote of the hug incident.
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