Many people have responded to the firing of FBI director James Comey by questioning the President’s timing and calling for the appointment of an independent special prosecutor.
While former White House photographer Pete Souza presumably has similar feelings, he took a different approach in responding to the news.
On Tuesday evening, shortly after Comey’s firing was announced, Souza posted a photo of Comey sitting alongside President Obama; Lisa Monaco, who served as President Obama’s chief homeland security and counterterrorism adviser; former national intelligence director James Clapper; and President Obama’s former chief of staff, Denis McDonough.
Souza included the following caption at the bottom of the photo:
‘Every person in this photograph is a patriot.’
Since its posting a couple of hours ago, the photo has already received nearly 30,000 likes.
This is not the first time Souza has used his social media presence to troll President Trump. Ever since Trump’s inauguration, Souza has been posting pictures comparing President Obama and his successor.
Most of Souza’s posts have been humorous, mocking the Trump team’s inability to find light switches and the president’s decision not to release White House visitor logs. However, some, like the one shown above, are a bit more serious in nature.
Souza has also been busy on Twitter following the announcement about Comey’s firing. While he hasn’t posted any original comments on the dismissal, his retweets show pretty clearly how he feels about the situation.
He has retweeted posts from, among others, Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard University, and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden.
Tribe posted a tweet Tuesday afternoon comparing Trump to Henry VIII.
‘So Comey investigates Trump for treason and Trump gets to fire Comey. Cool. If Trump were Henry VIII, he’d’ve lopped his head off.’
So Comey investigates Trump for treason and Trump gets to fire Comey. Cool. If Trump were Henry VIII, he'd've lopped his head off.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) May 9, 2017
Wyden, meanwhile, called for Comey to now testify in an open hearing.
‘Comey should be immediately called to testify in an open hearing about the status of Russia/Trump investigation at the time he was fired.’
Comey should be immediately called to testify in an open hearing about the status of Russia/Trump investigation at the time he was fired.
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) May 9, 2017
The people have spoken. Now, it’s time for the White House to decide how they want to respond.
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