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.

Wittes writes:

… 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.

President Trump shook hands with FBI Director James B. Comey during a law enforcement reception at the White House on Jan. 22. Trump joked that Comey has "become more famous than me." (The Washington Post)

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).

Trying to envision someone six inches taller than President Obama hiding behind the Blue Room curtains.

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The Internet’s Photoshopper-in-chief created a slightly more effective suit of camouflage for Comey.

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


President and Melania Trump wave to the crowd during his inauguration on Jan. 20. (Photo and editing by The Washington Post)

At Trump’s speech to Congress


President Trump waves after his speech to a joint session of Congress. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP, edited by The Post)

Watching Trump’s rally in Melbourne, Fla.


Supporters watch President Trump speak during a rally at Orlando-Melbourne International Airport. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters, edited by The Post)

Attending the celebration of the House health-care vote


President Trump gathers with congressional Republicans in the Rose Garden after the House approved the American Healthcare Act on May 4. (Carlos Barria/Reuters, edited by The Post)

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.