Comey once tried to hide among WH curtains to avoid Trump: report

Comey once tried to hide among WH curtains to avoid Trump: report
Comey once tried to hide among WH curtains to avoid Trump: report

Curtains vs. bushes. Which side are YOU on?

Now THIS is worth knowing. This guy is my hero

TIL The FBI Director and myself act the same way upon seeing people they don't want to talk to at social functions.

“Comey said that as he was walking across the room he was determined that there wasn’t going to be a hug,” Wittes said. “It was bad enough there was going to be a handshake. And Comey has long arms so Comey said he pre-emptively reached out for a handshake and grabbed the president’s hand. But Trump pulled him into an embrace and Comey didn’t reciprocate. If you look at the video, it’s one person shaking hands and another hugging.”

Calling /sub/memeyourenthusiasm

Do the curtains match the bushes?

This is just the greatest thing ever. The look on his face as he's standing across the room from Trump looks like he's trying to become the curtains.

Bummer for him he's a giant among men though. Also seems like a poor plan to place himself directly in Trump's line of sight.

Oh Comey...

I'm still mad at you for the letter, but I kind of also want to take you out for tacos.

However, Comey was spotted by the president, who called out to him and joked he had become "more famous" than himself. 

Aha, the real reason for the firing

TIL the FBI director is a giant among men in more ways than one. Either that dude is freakishly tall or the Tiny Trumps memes didn't involve photoshop.

To be fair, it wouldn't be far-fetched to try the "he can't see me if I don't move" thing with Trump. Dude's ancient. I think if Comey weren't 8ft he could have pulled it off

The extra context in the lawfareblog article makes this funny incident seem a little more menacing because the author, the source of this information, describes it as Trump personally trying to 'compromise' Comey:

... Comey described at least two incidents which he regarded as efforts on the part of the President personally to compromise him or implicate him with either shows of closeness or actual chumminess with the President.

The first incident he told me about was the infamous “hug” from Trump after the inauguration.

The hug took place at a White House meeting to which Trump had invited law enforcement leadership to thank them for their role in the inauguration. Comey described really not wanting to go to that meeting, for the same reason he later did not want to go to the private dinner with Trump: the FBI director should be always at arm’s length from the President, in his view. There was an additional sensitivity here too, because many Democrats blamed Comey for Trump’s election, so he didn’t want any shows of closeness between the two that might reinforce a perception that he had put a thumb on the scale in Trump’s favor. But he also felt that he could not refuse a presidential invitation, particularly not one that went to a broad array of law enforcement leadership. 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. If you look at the video, Comey is standing about as far from Trump as it is physically possible to be in that room.

And for a long time, he reported, Trump didn’t seem to notice him. The meeting was nearly over, he said, and he really thought he was going to get away without an individual interaction. But when you’re six foot, eight inches tall, it’s hard to blend in forever, and Trump ultimately singled him out—and did so with the most damning faint praise possible: “Oh, and there's Jim. He’s become more famous than me!”

Comey took the long walk across the room determined, he told me, that there was not going to be a hug. Bad enough that he was there; bad enough that there would be a handshake; he emphatically did not want any show of warmth.

Again, look at the video, and you’ll see Comey preemptively reaching out to shake hands. Trump grabs his hand and attempts an embrace. The embrace, however, is entirely one sided.

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.

The loyalty dinner took place five days later.

At 6'8" that's a bold move.

Ohhh, that's why he got fired when he did! Trump couldn't handle that Comey did the hug-handshake diversion. Plus this reinforces the whole 'showboating' thing. I think Trump's just an idiot and that's the basis for his decision making.

I don't want him writing a memo about me drunkenly flirting with him.

He's like 6'8" or somewhere thereabouts.

Holy fuck he's a tall dude. I know he's 6'8" but damn he dwarfs everyone in that room.

Kinda looked like slender man hiding in the background when Trump pointed him out lol

You can always tell a Milford Man

i was ready to finally comment "cmon guys enough with the bullshit headlines and then you go and do something like this and TOTALLY REDEEM YOURSELF


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He's the same height as my deceased brother, and as soon as I learned that, I developed this warm and fuzzy feeling for Comey. Now, I see my big bro in like everything Comey does. I'm at home going, "Hey Mike used to walk across the room just like that! Cool!"

Why did Comey, the taller government official, not simply eat the smaller one?

The curtain is covering a window that's near the bushes. Comey has an inside man CONFIRMED.

In fairness, he was Deputy AG. He's probably a much better lawyer than you as well. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Why not berate him about the letter while you're both eating tacos?

was he hiding IN the curtains or AMONG the curtains? this is a very important distinction

Comey Comey 6 foot 8 bigger than a fucking tree Opponents beware Opponents beware He's coming He's coming

Rational people do not want to canoodle Trump.

I smell a White House hide & seek SNL sketch brewing.

someone please post the Japanese prime ministers exchange with him.

I gotchu fam. 

Still not as bad as his handshake with Associate Justice Gorsuch.

someone please post the Japanese prime ministers exchange with him.

I gotchu fam.

Oh my god, you can totally tell he was hiding in the curtains too. This is hilarious

Comey should have carried a card board cut out of Trump's not-Ivanka daughter to hide behind

I would be surprised if it was not in part because Comey is taller than Trump.

I was mad about that too, until it came out that it was a classified letter he sent only to Congress and Jason Chaffetz leaked it to the press.

Still not as bad as his handshake with Associate Justice Gorsuch.

WTF? I swear, in that one moment, he may have flipped Gorsuch's judicial leanings completely to the other side. The way Gorsuch looks at him in disbelief is amazing.

I think Comey purposefully tries to only be photographed while sitting down so that people can't tell how tall he is.

People irrationally associate height with a bunch of unrelated characteristic that he might not want unduly assigned to him.

He started writing the memo before you even sat down.

"See that lanky fella in the shadows trying to melt into the wall? Fucking showboat."

Tall, dark, and meticulous. I can dig it.

We all know things Trump is bad at, like running a country or having a diplomatic interaction. But, he has been around and he does try and gain the upperhand in individual interactions and play power moves. We've seen them fail (hello weird handshake) but some of these things can be effective. They are certainly more effective when involved in real estate deals (with people who are like you and want to have big tall gold buildings to show their power) than in international diplomacy.

I don't know if Trump thought hugging Comey would sully the impartial "brand" the FBI wants, I think he may have actually thought Comey wanted him President and he agreed about Clinton. Like has been mentioned, he may have thought Comey was "his" already, an ally, a friend. Comey just knew what this would look like, and he wanted no part of it.

Can't wait for the movie.

Shoulda pretended to be a lamp

He pretty much said that.

Oh... Oh my god.

This scene better be in the movie.

Lol someone please post the Japanese prime ministers exchange with him. This is literally how I envision all rational people interacting with the douche.

Spicey is a double agent

This makes me think Trump isn't as stupid as we might think. Its a simple tactic, but its very Machiavellian how he was able to manipulate the situation so easily

Only Trudeau knew how to handle the Trump handshake.

Comey might have been a good FBI director but he would've made a poor CIA spy. blending in with curtains is what you do when you're 12 and don't want hug your weird aunt.

Also how funny is it that Comey wanted to avoid trump so much that he resorted to such a tactic

I have thought the japanese were the epitome of respectful too... seeing shinzo give that jeeeeez look cracks me up

It looked like Trump was going in for a kiss, honestly.

That is definitely one of the most awkward things I've ever seen.

I'm basking in the comedic irony of the tallest man, possibly within tens of thousands of feet around him at any given moment, trying to blend in with the curtains.

Seriously. People shit on him for following due diligence instead of shitting on Chaffetz for being a little shit, just because they already expect Chaffetz to be a little shit.

Found the video clip

Dear god he's a giant

This administration is tapping into the dramas of Molière and Shakespeare...

Trump is ostensibly 6' 2", but between his own exaggeration and shrinking in old age, he's probably around 6'.

Also, you don't gain more than two inches from dress shoes unless you're straight up wearing heels, and while I'm sure Comey could pull off heels if he so desired (wouldn't be the first FBI director to do so...), I'm pretty sure he wasn't at that time.

Yep. Every time I shitpost about Comey, some small voice says,"He's 15 inches taller than you." Of course, we're both lawyers; that makes his height significantly less relevant.

One day, all this will be your downfall.

The Curtains?

No, not the curtains, lad. The FBI investigation.

I love lamp


Aww :'( I'm sorry for your loss. That was really sweet!

Starring Vince Vaughn

It seems that for Trump, Comey is far more terrifying than slender man.

The video is amazing, he really does look like he's trying to blend in

Trump: "How are my ratings?"

Pence: "The audience love you Mr President, but Comey seems to be more popular."

Trump: "Ok. He's gotta go."

Christ, Comey could just crush all their heads in his fist.

Guy is also 6' 8". Like you're not going to notice that dude in the room.

JT practiced for a week before hand.

These are my awards mother!

From Army!

For some reason Comey reminds me of Special Agent Dale Cooper

i wonder if they fight for the best hiding sports. "i have dibs on the utility closet Sean, go back to the bush"

What in the actual fuck is that?

I mean, I honestly hope that was some sort of fucking twitch Trump has. If he consciously did that to another man, in public.... what the fuck? Is it some baboon like way of asserting dominance? Didn't he fucking appoint that guy? It's the most cringe worthy thing I have ever seen.

Sorry, I changed my mind. I refuse to believe this is real.

And I thought The Office (Gervais) had more cringe than I could handle. So many people just dealing with Trump's awkwardness. Yeesh!

There is still one episode this Saturday, hosted by the 47th president of the United States, Dwayne Johnson.

I don't know if I buy that Comey actually told someone that story, but I do like the story and video combo.

He probably read that story about when Trump couldn't find Giuliani sitting across from him, and figured he'd be safe across the room.

Lol, when he's found out and approaches with the ol' fake smile with head shake. That's me at Thanksgiving with my horrible, racist grandma. I feel ya, Comey.

Tbf, I bet most of his staffers has hid from trump at least once. The key thing missing is how many times did trump notice stuff like this?

Larry, you ungrateful piece of shit. What kind of son of a bitch doesn't return a hug?

-Curb Your Enthusiasm Melania-

I remember reading that Trump's doctor made him 6'3" on paper instead of 6'2" because at 6'2" he would count as clinically obese. Can't find the source right now though.

Comey is precious.

As Spicer, maybe.

Lmao savage

He's the only one not wearing a black suit. I think he picked his wardrobe knowing full well what color the curtains are.

You can always tell a Milford Man

When I first came here, this was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to build three casinos in one town, but I built in all the same, just to show them. I declared bankruptcy. So I built another business. That had to go bankrupt. So I put up a hotel. That burned down, fell over, then went bankrupt. But the fourth one was backed by Russian bankers. And that's what you're going to get, Lad, the strongest investigation in all of America.

That used to be how it was done, but the 17th Amendment changed that.

Nope. Michael Shannon.

When Trump says, "James, come here," he makes a kissy face and sounds like a grandma.

Lanky fucker doesn't stand a chance either way.

Now I want to go binge-watch The Newsroom

he's trying to show him what dat mouf do.

"Im standing next to eric, its the one place he never looks"

Please God no. He's almost as out of touch with the middle class as Trump is and he would probably make Kevin Hart his running mate.

It's the fake MBA handshake. His University probably taught that shit.

Subtle reference; I actually laughed out loud imagining his 6'8" self wearing a lampshade.

You can tell that Gorsuch is doing some serious revision of his beliefs in that few seconds.

"What was that - what the - . Oh, Jesus. Abortion should be totally legal."

Let's go to the videotape!

He'd never do a better Spicer than Melissa McCarthy!

Big if Comey.

The guy is 6'8". Rather impressive if he pulled it off.

oh yes

Which is likely why he doesn't get along with him.