Comey Fesses Up, Claims Ownership Of Suspected Twitter Account

Former FBI Director James Comey who re-emerged on the public stage through Twitter on Monday appears at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in June

One of the most baffling internet mysteries of 2017 finally has a solution, bringing months of speculation to an end and at long last confirming that James Comey really does have a Twitter account. Washington Post national reporter Robert Costa posted, "Former FBI director Jim Comey tweets this pensive photo from Iowa, wearing running shoes in the home of the caucuses". The author of the post promised to "try to tweet in useful ways". He was abruptly fired by President Trump in May, who said he was thinking about the Russian Federation investigation when he made his decision.

The account originally had the handle @projectexile7 but has been renamed @FormerBu - presumably for former bureau as in Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Twitter account, which goes by the name Reinhold Niebuhr, posted a tweet earlier on Monday that included a picture that appears to show Comey standing on a highway in Iowa.

Reinhold Niebuhr was a well-known theologian about whom Comey wrote an undergraduate thesis at the College of William & Mary.

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Benjamin Wittes, a Senior Fellow at Brookings and the editor in chief at Lawfare also confirmed that the account was run by Comey himself.

In a revealing article published on May 18 - which, for the record, was the second time that Wittes had tackled the subject of Comey's integrity on the blog - Wittes pointed to Comey being a decent guy with an eye only for the truth and confirmed that Comey had told him about two uncomfortable incidents on behalf of the president to curry favor from the then-FBI director. The account never tweeted, though it followed others and liked their tweets.

President Donald Trump fired Comey in May. " That certainly sounded like some boring things that Comey would tweet".

Comey served as the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, deputy US attorney general, and the top lawyer at Lockheed Martin before he was picked to run the FBI by President Barack Obama. What's perhaps more interesting is the reference in today's tweet about writing, suggesting that Comey is working on a book of some kind.

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