Former FBI Director James Comey appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington in June. (Matt McClain / The Washington Post)
In recent weeks, the previous Twitter of FBI Director James B. Comey has been filled with inspiring quotes, Bible verses and nature photographs, many of them timed around to comments made by the president dismissed him.
On November 11 he quoted a sermon by the late British Baptist pastor Charles Haddon Spurgeon about the difference between a truth and a lie, hours after President Trump called Comey a "liar" and a "liar". "Then, on November 25, about a half hour after Trump attacked CNN International, Comey tweeted a quote from Thomas Jefferson:" Our freedom depends on the freedom of the press, and that can not be limited without getting lost. " Described as a subtle Trump troll, most of Comey's tweets have cited historical leaders and thinkers, but on Sunday, Comey took a different approach: citing himself.
The move came after Trump will launch a tweetstorm early Sunday, hitting the FBI calling him "Stained (no, very dishonest?)" And saying "his reputation is in the rags".
After years of Comey, with the dishonest and dishonest investigation of Clinton (and more), directing the FBI, his reputation is in "Rags", the worst in history! But fear not, we will return him to greatness.
– Donald J Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3 of 2017
Hours later, Comey quoted his own words from his June 8 testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
"I want the American people to know this truth: the FBI is honest, the FBI is strong, and the FBI is, and always will be, independent," Comey tweeted, along with a collage of photographs of various FBI teams.
"I want the American people to know this truth: the FBI is honest, the FBI is strong, and the FBI is, and always will be, independent."
Me (June 8, 2017) pic.twitter.com/OZ1ZiBrMNL
– James Comey (@Comey) December 3, 2017
The president began his comment on Saturday, a day after national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his interactions with a Russian official. Trump generated controversy with his tweet saying that part of the reason for firing Flynn was that he had lied to the FBI. The Post reported on Saturday that Trump's lawyer John Dowd had drafted the president's tweet, according to two people familiar with the message. Dowd confirmed that Sunday.
Trump also listened to the news that Peter Strzok, the former top FBI official badigned to the investigation of special adviser Robert S. Mueller III on Russian interference in the 2016 elections, was fired from this job after that his bosses discovered that he and another member of Mueller's team had exchanged politically charged texts that disparaged Trump and supported the Democrat Hillary Clinton.
And early Sunday, Trump reiterated his refusal to ask Comey, then director of the FBI, to stop an investigation of Flynn.
Tainted (no, very dishonest?) The role of the FBI agent in the Clinton investigation is under review. "Led Clinton Email probe. @foxandfriends Clinton's money going to the wife of another FBI agent in charge.
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017  "After years of Comey, with Clinton's dishonest and dishonest investigation (and more), running the FBI, his reputation is in the rags, the worst in history! ", Trump tweeted." But do not fear, we will restore it to greatness. "
Former Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., former Acting Attorney General General Sally Yates and others also joined the FBI defense.
] "The FBI is on the ground & # 39 ;? No. The only thing that is in ruins is the President's respect for the rule of law, "said Yates, who has been a frequent recent critic of Trump on Twitter." The dedicated men and women of the FBI deserve better. " Trump dismissed Yates in January for refusing to defend his travel ban from six Muslim-majority countries In May, Yates testified that he expected White House officials to "take action" in his January warning that the then National security adviser Michael Flynn could be blackmailed by Russia.
Is the FBI in "shreds?" No. The only thing that is in shreds is the President's respect for the rule of law.The dedicated FBI men and women deserve better.
– Sally Yates (@SallyQYates) December 4, 2017
Holder, who served as attorney general under the Obama administration, also responded to Trump, saying: "You will find honesty and honesty at the FBI headquarters and not at 1600 Penn Ave at this time. "
No. Not letting this go. The reputation of the FBI is not in "shreds". It is composed of the same dedicated men and women who have always worked there and who do a great apolitical work. You will find integrity and honesty at the FBI headquarters and not at 1600 Penn Ave at this time
– Eric Holder (@EricHolder) December 3, 2017
The president of the FBI Agents Association, a defense group that claims more than 14,000 active and former FBI Special Agents as members, issued a statement [enTwitter
"Every day, special agents of the FBI risk their lives to protect the American public from national security and criminal threats, "wrote the group's president, Thomas O & # 39; Connor, in the statement. "The agents carry out these tasks with constant integrity and professionalism and a focus on complying with the law and the Constitution."
"This is the reason why the FBI continues to be the main police agency in the world," the statement continues. "The FBI agents are dedicated to their mission, suggesting otherwise is simply false."
President Donald Trump, in his first comment on Michael Flynn's guilty plea to lie to the FBI, said there was "absolutely no collusion" between his campaign and Russia. (Reuters)
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