With former FBI Director James Comey at the moment making the publicity rounds to organize for the discharge of his new ebook, A Larger Loyalty, it is sensible that Comey can be on the president’s thoughts. Nevertheless, a fast look by means of all the things Trump has tweeted about James Comey within the time for the reason that former FBI director’s ouster, it turns into clear that Comey has truly been on Trump’s thoughts quite a bit. In actual fact, Trump has tweeted about Comey on 31 days for the reason that firing befell final 12 months.
If it looks as if Trump’s ire towards Comey has gotten worse these days, it may have one thing to do with the claims about Trump that Comey makes in his ebook. "This president is unethical, and untethered to fact and institutional values," Comey wrote, in a very scathing passage. "His management is transactional, ego pushed and about private loyalty."
Trump, in flip, has responded with rage, calling Comey, amongst different issues, "not sensible," a "slimeball," and "the worst FBI director in historical past – by far!" He additionally known as the ebook "self-serving and FAKE!"
His consideration to the previous FBI director’s perceived faults and errors is not new, although. In actual fact, it is hardly abated since that fateful second when Trump fired him. Right here is Trump’s full Twitter relationship with the fired Comey.
1Could 9, 2017
Trump’s first point out on Twitter of Comey’s firing was additionally a swipe at Senate majority chief Chuck Schumer, who advised Bloomberg previous to Trump’s 2016 election victory that he did not have confidence within the FBI director anymore.
2Could 10, 2017
Because it turned clear that the media — and the Democrats — weren’t responding effectively to Comey’s firing, Trump started lashing out.
3Could 12, 2017
The "tapes" tweet, which introduced Watergate to everybody’s thoughts, is without doubt one of the most well-known moments in Trump’s Twitter non-bromance with Comey. It got here after the New York Instances reported that Trump had requested Comey for a loyalty pledge — which Trump vehemently denied.
4Could 16, 2017
This stream of tweets got here after the Washington Publish reported that Trump had given extremely labeled data to Russian officers, at a gathering that the Russian press was allowed to witness however that the American press was saved out of.
5Could 31, 2017
This was a busy day on Twitter for the president, beginning out with the notorious "covfefe" tweet. Whereas these tweets aren’t instantly centered round Comey, they’re a part of the president’s work to ache Comey as a liar.
6June 9, 2017
Comey testified in entrance of Congress on June 8, and on June 9, Trump responded on Twitter with what he evidently thought was an important a part of Comey’s testimony: Comey had leaked particulars of a dialog he had with Trump to a pal, with the information that the pal would move it on to the press.
7June 11, 2017
This tweet sparked confusion, as Trump’s use of the phrase "prevalent" does not precisely make sense. Nameless leaks additionally aren’t essentially unlawful.
Trump distances himself from Richard Nixon on this case, as Nixon did make tapes.
9July 10, 2017
Trump’s repeated declarations that Comey’s hyperlink was completely unlawful didn’t make that declare true.
10July 22, 2017
This was a livid day of tweeting for the president, partly spurred by the Publish report that Trump refers to, about Jeff Periods discussing marketing campaign matter and coverage points with Russian officers in the course of the 2016 marketing campaign.
11Sept. 1, 2017
After over a month of leaving Comey alone, Trump introduced the FBI proper again with a declare about Comey’s dealing with of the Clinton e mail investigation.
12Oct. 18, 2017
It’s certainly a incontrovertible fact that Comey drafted an announcement saying that the FBI didn’t choose Clinton to be responsible of any crimes, however the Justice Division has not discovered cause to analyze Comey over this break with custom.
13Oct. 29, 2017
Trump publicly admitted that he fired Comey in hopes that it will finish the questions surrounding alleged collusion between his marketing campaign and Russia, however this tweet storm is one piece of proof that it did not precisely end up that manner.
14Nov. 3, 2017
A standard trope in Trump tweets — praising particular Fox Information segments.
15Dec. 3, 2017
There’s been a whole lot of speak these days about Trump’s makes an attempt to besmirch the popularity of the FBI, however this is a tweet exhibiting that he began that effort a lot earlier.
16Dec. 23, 2017
He added that McCabe is "racing the clock to retire with full advantages." Due to Trump’s Justice Division, McCabe wouldn’t win that race; he was fired solely days earlier than his retirement would have began.
17Jan. 2, 2018
Even when in any other case discussing former Clinton aide Huma Abedin, Trump nonetheless discovered a number of characters to squeeze in a point out of Comey.
18Feb. 5, 2018
Once more, Trump brings up Comey’s leaking whereas attacking a special individual completely — this time Rep. Adam Schiff of California, who has develop into a frequent Democratic commentator from the Home Intelligence Committee.
19Feb. 10, 2018
As a substitute of utilizing his personal phrases, this time Trump tweeted the phrases of a Fox Information commentator who agreed with him.
20Feb. 27, 2018
Once more, Trump boosts the phrases of somebody boosting him.
21Feb. 28, 2018
This tweet is not an assault on Comey — as an alternative, it is an assault on Trump’s personal legal professional basic, Jeff Periods.
22March 16, 2018
Trump welcomed former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe’s firing and sure additionally despatched searches for the definition of "sanctimonious" by means of the roof (for the report, Merriam-Webster defines it as "hypocritically pious or religious").
23March 17, 2018
Right here, Trump ignores an apparent cause that the Mueller probe was began: his firing of James Comey.
24March 18, 2018
Comey has repeatedly claimed that he all the time made notes after assembly with Trump — which, apparently, Trump does not consider.
25April 7, 2018
Here is one other instance of Trump attacking his personal Justice Division and connecting it with Comey. He usually seems alongside these different Trump bogeymen — like former legal professional basic Loretta Lynch, Andrew McCabe, and Hillary Clinton’s e mail.
26April 11, 2018
This tweet is inaccurate on a number of fronts — the U.S.-Russia relationship had deteriorated effectively earlier than Trump took workplace, and the Trump-Russia investigation is headed up by Republicans.
27April 13, 2018
As details about Comey’s ebook started to trickle out, Trump virulently defended himself and his choice to fireside Comey — after which the report on the explanations behind Andrew McCabe’s firing despatched him again to Twitter.
28April 15, 2018
On Sunday, Trump attacked Comey on mainly each possible entrance. All of it is a response to Comey’s memoir, which contradicts quite a few claims that Trump has made.
Trump and Comey each have their detractors — who will all determine for themselves which man to consider. Comey has made his emotions on the president clear in his ebook, whereas Trump, as you possibly can see, determined to go along with one other medium to get throughout his emotions on Comey.