Just hours before his long- expected and much ballyhooed testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the "Wall Street Journal" tore into Former FBI Director James Comey on multiple counts --- but mostly because he doesn't know the place and function of the FBI in our democratic-republic
The WSJ's expressed comparison of James Comey to J. Edgar Hoover was in no way intended to be complimentary
Bottom line, the WSJ says the information contained in Comey's written testimony together with his handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation completely justified his firing by President Trump
According to the unattributed opinion piece in the June 8th paper, the writer or writers for the WSJ opened with this: "The Senate Intelligence Committee released James Comey’s prepared testimony a day early on Wednesday, and it looks like a test of whether Washington can apprehend reality except as another Watergate. Perhaps the defrocked FBI director has a bombshell still to drop. But far from documenting an abuse of power by President Trump, his prepared statement reveals Mr. Comey’s misunderstanding of law enforcement in a democracy...." (See "The ‘Independent’ Mr. Comey -- His prepared testimony shows why he deserved to be fired" opinion by WSJ writer or editor, 6/7/17, Wall Street Journal/ Opinion/ Review & Outlook [https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-independent-mr-comey-1496878266]).
Things didn't get any better for Mr. JC after that, either. ".... The most troubling part of Mr. Comey’s statement is his belief in what he calls “the FBI’s traditionally independent status in the executive branch,” which he invokes more than once. Independent? This is a false and dangerous view of law enforcement in the American system.... Mr. Comey is describing an FBI director who essentially answers to no one. But the police powers of the government are awesome and often abused, and the only way to prevent or correct abuses is to report to elected officials who are accountable to voters. A director must resist intervention to obstruct an investigation, but he and the agency must be politically accountable or risk becoming the FBI of J. Edgar Hoover...."
After a detailed discussion of what Comey's testimonial letter said he did vis a vis his meetings with President Trump, the WSJ shifted to what Comey had done last summer vis a vis Hillary Clinton; and the WSJ concluded that "... Mr. Comey’s disregard for the chain of legal command is why Mr. Trump was right to fire him, whatever his reasons...."