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Vail Daily column: Picking sides in the Comey debate changes nothing

“Who do you believe, Trump or Comey?”

Depends on the subject, but if you’re referring to lying to the public, I think the answer is pretty cut and dry.

“I knew you’d say that. I knew you’d pick Comey over Trump.”

That’s not what I said.

“Sure it is. I can tell by the smug look on your face.”

Looks can be deceiving, but either way, this is print, not video, so my looks are irrelevant to the question.

“Just answer the damn question?”

Okey-dokey, but try not to interrupt.

“Sure, sure, whatever …”

Of the two men in question, one promised to repeal and replace Obamacare his very first day in office and to implement his “secret plan” to defeat ISIS in 30 days.

“But —”

He claimed to have the largest inauguration crowd in history, the most Electoral College votes since Ronald Reagan, promised to release his tax returns and that Ted Cruz’ father was complicit in the assassination of JFK, all of which is demonstrably false.

“But … but … Hillary’s emails!”

Hush, no one named Clinton is part of this discussion. As I was saying, he claimed Obama was born in Kenya and wiretapped his office, promised to drain a swamp, make Mexico pay for a big, beautiful wall and recently claimed to have made a $10 billion sale of weapons to radical Islamic terrorists (aka Saudi Arabia), yet now we discover there was no sale — none, zero, zilch, nada, only a continuation of talks begun by the previous administration more than two years ago.

“I suppose you believe Comey is the perfect Boy Scout.”

Not at all, but he did serve three presidents from two parties, so to me the integrity battle was done before it even started. Face it, Trump’s lies or alternative facts or whatever the hell you want to call them are flowing faster than the Gore Creek during the GoPro Mountain Games last week.

“But Comey acted like a little girly-man afraid to be alone in the same room with Trump.”

He expressed concern, not fear, and he pointed out the impropriety of such meetings, which required more honesty and courage than shown by anyone inside Trump’s ever-shrinking circle of trusted confidants.

“So you choose the sniveling coward Comey.”

I did not say that. But I will say the man who said, “I will not lie, and I will never ever let you down” and “Comey confirmed a lot of things that I said and some of the things he said just weren’t true …” continues writing yuge checks with his mouth that his tiny little hands will never be able to cash.

“I gather you don’t believe Trump at all.”

Didn’t say that either. I don’t “believe” in anything. Like religion, either I know something based on verifiable evidence or I do not, and in this case, the evidence toward which one is more capable of lying is extraordinarily one-sided.

“What do you think will happen when Attorney General Sessions speaks to the Senate Intelligence Committee today?”

Neither side will budge an inch, and Trump will tweet something he will regret in the future, meaning nothing will change. But I do have one question for you.

“Yeah, what’s that?”

What the hell is wrong with John McCain?

Richard Carnes, of Edwards, writes weekly. He can be reached at

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