A Higher Loyalty
James Comey
Contributed by Jack Shields
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Chapter 7

The announcement of Alberto Gonzalez as the substantive Attorney General was a shocker not only to Comey but also to many staffers in the Department of Justice who had viewed Comey as the natural successor. Dealing with such high-octane disappointments may be difficult but Comey had developed thick skin and he could comfortably handle such situations. Comey expressly describes the appointment as biased, although he accepted the decision. He says unequivocally that, “I was tired and disappointed with the choice of my new boss.”  Seemingly, Comey’s unwavering position against torture, practice that President Bush deemed to be necessary in obtaining evidence. Earlier on, the country had been treated to dehumanizing incidences of torture and Comey was bold enough to make public his disdain towards this approach to interrogation.  Comey was one of the high ranking individuals who refused to acknowledge torture as a legitimate way of obtaining information or confession from suspects, but the administration of Bush felt it was a necessary process. That difference might have made him lose out to Alberto.


When Comey lost an opportunity to serve as the substantive Attorney General, against the expectations of many Americans, he was devastated.  According to him, it was his stance against torture that might have tilted the balance off the scale for him. President Bush tolerated a certain level of torture, but Comey did not. It was inconceivable that the two characters would work together. Nevertheless, Comey was not distracted from his desire to serve the people of America. Thus, he accepted Alberto as his new boss.

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