Created and directed by Billy Ray, an adaptation of James Comey’s A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, The Comey Rule stars Jeff Daniels and Brendan Gleeson respectively as former FBI Director James Comey and President Donald J. Trump.
Daniels, playing the miniseries titular character, has been seen playing both serious and comedic characters throughout his acting career. The actor’s commitment to the miniseries, noting his accomplishments in The Newsroom, The Catcher Was a Spy and The Looming Tower, can be seen with Comey.
Gleeson, better known by Potterheads for playing Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody in the Harry Potter film series, does an exceptional job personifying the current American president. The actor’s commitment to playing an authentic Trump is readily apparent.
Further to gripping scenes, noting the use of mainstream media and late night talk show footage, the story is told in such a way someone somewhere should be happy. It is unlikely conservatives and liberals will agree on anything. The Comey Rule, a highly polarising miniseries, will see camps divided.
Whilst those on the right will argue Ray’s production panders to Trump-haters, conversely, liberals might feel the it doesn’t delve deeply enough into what actually unfolded.
FBI Director James Comey being fired isn’t the beginning or the end of the story. There is more more to what went down between the now former FBI director and Trump.
A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, an autobiographical work, is written in an unapologetic tone. The miniseries, keeping with the same uncompromising approach, pulls no punches.
Comey, not one known to suffer fools gladly, took to the written word to express his thoughts on truth, lies, and leadership. This fact is reflected in Ray’s miniseries. Very little of the source material, regardless of the device you use to watch The Comey Rule, doesn’t make it to the screen.
Comey, if you recall the so-called Hillary Clinton email scandal, had reopened the FBI investigation shortly before the 2016 Presidential Election.
The then FBI director, even though Comey apparently believed Clinton would win the coming election, thought the renewed investigation would highlight the candidate’s legitimacy as a presidential candidate.
The investigation, clearly misguided, was rightfully seen by Clinton herself as electoral sabotage. Trump, even though he benefited greatly from the FBI investigation, ultimately fired Comey.
The firing, according to Comey, came because he not only refused to prosecute Clinton, the then FBI director was actively probing Trump’s links with Russia.
Clinton and Comey weren’t the only ones to suffer from how history unfolded. These United States, with an Executive Branch operated like Don Corleone was in charge, started hurtling towards cataclysmic constitutional crisis.
Further to Daniels and Gleeson, noting the production has an extensive cast, The Comey Rule also stars Michael Kelly, Jennifer Ehle, Holly Hunter, Peter Coyote, Steven Pasquale, Oona Chaplin, Scoot McNairy, William Sadler, T.R. Knight, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Brian d’Arcy James, Steve Zissis, Shawn Doyle, Jonathan Banks, Richard Thomas, Seann Gallagher, Amy Seimetz, Damon Gupton, Joe Lo Truglio, Michael Hyatt, and Spencer Garrett.