Four days before memos by former FBI director James B. Comey leaked to the press, President Trump tweeted that the documents " Phony " and " FAKE! "be.
However, after the memos were released Thursday evening, Trump took them as proof that "NO MATCH AND NO DISASTER" was taking place.
Trump has misinterpreted the memos, which in fact does not conclude whether he obstructed the judiciary or has taken a political leadership campaign which was voted with Russia during the 2016 elections.
It is noteworthy, however, apart from the factual mistakes of the President, that he led Comey as a credible source. Although he had previously wanted the memos to be canceled, Trump suddenly turned around and wanted the documents to be considered authoritative.
The reason for the change is obvious: when Trump expected that the memos were all bad for him, they were "wrong." When he saw the memos as an opportunity to confess his innocence, they were reliable. As he often does, Trump has measured the truth on a single scale: nobility.
Trump has called Comey a liar, but has also mocked Comey's comments on former attorney general Loretta E. Lynch and former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe Comey threw both "under the bus."
Trump seems to like accepting Comey's criticism in the new book "A Higher Loyalty" of Lynch's "Tortured Half-Out, Half-In Approach" to Hillary Clinton's e-mail investigation. And Trump seemed to be enjoying Comey's Thursday interview on CNN – or at least the part in which Comey responded to news of a criminal referral against McCabe.
"That's part of the responsibility," Comey said, "an investigation into the consequences if there was material."
Judging a person's credibility is not an all-or-nothing proposition. Comey could theoretically tell the truth about some things and lie about others.
But Trump's choice of what to believe and not believe seems purely self-centered and not evidence-based. When Comey writes or says something Trump likes, the president plausibly spreads it to his 51 million Twitter followers. And when Comey writes something or says what Trump does not like, the president calls the former top-class "unlawful slime ball ."