Author: R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
The American Spectator can now report a follow-up on the World Exclusive we published on May 17, with a correction. Our May 17 story reported that James B. Comey was caught on surveillance cameras in the White House blowing his nose on the curtains. The surveillance tapes have been turned over to Attorney General Jeff Sessions for a determination as to whether government property was damaged, which could lead to a stiff prison sentence and a hefty fine. After all Mr. Comey was, at the time, a government servant.
Now the New York Times has corroborated our story in a front-page account that mentions “the blue curtains,” but the Times corrected our erroneous claim that the encounter took place in “early February.” The encounter took place according to the Times on January 22. AmSpec has verified the correct date.
According to the Times story that appeared today: “Mr. Comey — who is 6 feet 8 inches tall and was wearing a dark blue suit that day — told Mr. Wittes [a friend of his] that he tried to blend in with the blue curtains in the back of the room, in the hopes that Mr. Trump would not spot him and call him out. ‘He thought he had gotten through and not been noticed or singled out and that he was going to get away….’”
For Mr. Comey that was not the case. The Times continues: “But Trump spotted Comey and called him out.” Exactly what was said between the two men is not known. As we reported on May 17, Comey is known around the department for his loud nose-blowing, and perhaps the ever-alert President Trump actually witnessed Mr. Comey in the act of blowing his nose on the curtain. At, any rate the Times goes on to report that, “With an abashed look on his face, Mr. Comey walked up to Mr. Trump.” Presumably special counsel Robert Mueller III will be looking into the matter and possibly the President will at some point tweet his account.
Whatever the case The American Spectator — and now the New York Times — will be keeping the reading public up to date on these important developments.