Saturday, June 10, 2017

The James Comey Method of dealing with a bad boss offers lessons for all harassed workers


Harassed people of the American workplace, listen and learn. James Comey has something to teach you. Last week, a lot of us thought former FBI Director Comey’s interactions with President Trump were eerily reminiscent of the kind of harassment many women experience in the workplace. Comey said he felt uneasy in meetings with Trump. Trump, he said, tried to get him alone, and then asked him to do things that made him squirm.  ...  In 2004, he intervened at Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft’s hospital bedside when George W. Bush’s White House counsel and chief of staff tried to get the ailing attorney general to sign off on warrantless wiretapping, which Comey believed was illegal. That took the kind of guts that no amount of Comey’s folksy syntax — “Lordy, I hope there are tapes” — can disguise. It only took one meeting with then-President-elect Trump for Comey to sense he was dealing with a guy more suited to running a closely held family real estate company than a democratic nation. He knew, for his own good, that he should take detailed notes after every meeting with Trump because, as he told senators, he sensed the man would lie. “I knew there might come a day when I would need a record of what had happened, not just to defend myself, but to defend the FBI and our integrity as an institution,” he said Thursday to the Senate Committee.

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