What’s your reaction when you hear the name James Comey? If you’re a Democrat, maybe you blame him for the election of Donald Trump. If you’re a Republican, maybe you see him as the embodiment of a sinister deep state. Or maybe you see him as a faithful public servant who’s been unfairly maligned by both sides.
Either way, the former FBI Director has been at the center of some of the most polarizing moments in recent American history. James Comey joins Braver Angels’ Ciaran O’Connor and April Lawson to discuss his most controversial episodes — from investigating Hillary Clinton’s emails to being fired by President Trump — and to reflect on some deeper questions around moral philosophy, ethical leadership, humility, overconfidence, and personal tragedy.
The Braver Angels Podcast believes in the value of talking to people — and public figures — you disagree with, even if you find their views foolish, incomprehensible, or detestable. We don’t shy away from sensitive issues or controversy, and we never ask people to moderate their views. But we do ask people to come in good faith and approach our conversations with empathy, respect, and an open mind.
The goal is to show America a new way of talking politics — one that you won’t hear at campaign rallies or on cable news — and invite all Americans, regardless of political persuasion, to find the courage to have these difficult conversations in 2020 and beyond.