President Trump, during his time in office, has not made a whole lot of friends, although he certainly hasn’t tried to. Instead, he’s marked his time as the nation’s chief executive by sparring with interests including the nation’s justice system, and last year, as a part of that conflict, the president went so far as to fire the then-FBI director, James Comey.
In the time since, Comey has hardly faded from the public’s view. On the one hand, he has maintained a popularity among certain circles because of his staunch opposition to President Trump’s authoritarian tendencies, and on the other hand, his firing has loomed large over the president ever since last year thanks to it possibly constituting obstruction of justice. Comey was leading the Russia investigation at the time of his firing, so the president’s exact motives are no doubt poised to be quite relevant here.
This Wednesday, May 9, is the one year anniversary of Comey’s firing, and to mark the occasion, the former FBI director posted a message to Twitter, where he has enjoyed a steadily increasing following ever since revealing a certain account as belonging to him.
‘Missing the people of the FBI today. Thank you for your commitment to truth and for all the good you do for this country.’
He included a photo of himself addressing a crowd assembled outside of what is seemingly the FBI building in Washington, D.C. Check out the post below.
Comey has faced a barrage of attacks from the president and his allies since leaving his post last year. In one particularly memorable incident, the president took to Twitter to refer to the former FBI director as a “slime ball” — because that’s the sort of thing that presidents do now, apparently. (Let’s do our best to keep this trend confined to one administration.)
The exact basis for the president’s attacks on the former FBI director has been somewhat hard to come by, thanks in large part to the fact that the president and his team can’t seem to get their story about the ordeal straight.
At one point, the White House claimed Comey to have been fired over his supposedly faulty handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, and then after that the president claimed to have had the Russia probe in mind when firing him. More recently — on April 18, to be precise — the president retracted that and said he did not actually have the Russia probe in mind when firing Comey.
After that, the president’s new personal lawyer and longtime ally Rudy Giuliani went on television and said that the president did actually have the Russia probe in mind when firing Comey.
Comey, for his part, has added weight to the idea that the president did have the Russia investigation in mind when firing him. He has reported, for instance, that prior to his dismissal, he had refused a request from the president to end an investigation of Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
Flynn has since pleaded guilty for lying to authorities about the exact content of pre-inauguration communications with the now former Russian Ambassador to the United States.
Check out Twitter’s response to Comey marking the one year anniversary of his dismissal below.
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