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James Comey Obsessed Over Tie Color During 2016 Hillary Clinton Speech

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Apr. 13 2018, Published 5:25 p.m. ET

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Sacked FBI Director James Comey got so neurotic about his “extremely careless” but NOT criminal Hillary Clinton speech in July of 2016 that he obsessed over political implications of his tie color.

In his new book A Higher Loyalty, which was exclusively obtained by ahead of publication on April 17, Comey writes he picked a gold tie – and not red or blue – because red or blue would imply an affiliation with either the Democratic or Republican parties. 

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“I was intentionally wearing a gold tie so I wasn’t displaying either of the normal political gang colors, red or blue,” he writes.

Blue is typically associated as the color of the Democratic Party, while red represents the Republican Party.

But the fired FBI director’s obsessiveness didn’t stop with fashion choices.

“I thought about trying to memorize the statement,” he writes, “But we kept making little word changes up to the end, making that impossible. My crack public affairs team figured out how to project the text on the back wall of the room so I could track it as I spoke.”

Notably, Comey makes no mention in his book of what is perhaps the most significant of those minor text changes — the one made by disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok.

According to prior reports, Strzok replaced Comey’s original description of Clinton’s mishandling of classified materials from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless.”

Legal experts have highlighted that change as a crucial one, since gross negligence carries with far harsher legal implications than simple carelessness — even that of the “extreme” variety.

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Strzok was found to have traded anti-Trump and pro-Hillary text messages in the run-up to Election Day with his girlfriend, a Justice Department lawyer.

Months later, Comey writes that he dined with by-then President Donald Trump. He said, “Trump told me that I had ‘saved her’ with my July press conference.

“That was not my intention,” Comey added, “just as I did not intend to ‘save him’ with what came later. The goal was to tell the truth and demonstrate what higher loyalty – to the institutions of justice – looks like.”

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