A story line replete with fascinating details got another chapter Thursday night.
Benjamin Wittes, a longtime friend of former FBI director James B. Comey and writer for the blog Lawfare, detailed some conversations that he’d had with Comey about President Trump before the FBI chief was dismissed from his job last week. In particular, Wittes offered an anecdote about an event where Comey and Trump met in the White House shortly after Trump’s inauguration. Comey didn’t want to go, Wittes said, because he didn’t want to appear too chummy with the president. He went anyway, however, and hoped to avoid drawing attention to himself.
… he tried hard to blend into the background and avoid any one-on-one interaction. He was wearing a blue blazer and noticed that the drapes were blue. So he stood in the back, right in front of the drapes, hoping Trump wouldn’t notice him camouflaged against the wall. If you look at the video, Comey is standing about as far from Trump as it is physically possible to be in that room.
Here’s the moment.
If you watch closely, you can see that Wittes’s story appears to be accurate: Comey was indeed towering back against the drapes.
You will also notice that this was an exceptionally bad hiding place — Comey’s suit doesn’t even match the color of the drapes.
Former White House photographer Pete Souza had some fun with the scene (as he has done repeatedly with this administration since Trump took office).
The Internet’s Photoshopper-in-chief created a slightly more effective suit of camouflage for Comey.
"isnt comey supposed to be here tonight has any body seen james comey" pic.twitter.com/x2GLNK5w74
— darth:™ (@darth) May 19, 2017
That might have worked.
But Comey was much more effective at concealing himself in a crowd of people at other events that Donald Trump attended. We went through a number of photos and found Comey — all 6-foot-8 of him — in the background several times.* We’ve published them below; if you’re stumped, click the image to see where he’s hiding.
One of the 1.5 million people at the inauguration
At Trump’s speech to Congress
Watching Trump’s rally in Melbourne, Fla.
Attending the celebration of the House health-care vote
Having gotten away with it on all those other occasions, no wonder Comey thought that he could simply stand in front of the drapes and blend right in.
* Honestly if you don’t understand that this is a joke, I’m not sure what to say.