Former FBI chief James Comey reveals his secret Twitter account
Former FBI chief James Comey reveals his secret Twitter account
Comey's Cryptic Tweets Are Fueling Speculation That He's Running
26 October, 2017, 00:56
"Ok, in light of this latest tweet, I will confirm that @FormerBu is, in fact, James Comey himself", Wittes tweeted.
An Iowa newspaper, The Des Moines Register, shot down the speculation, however, reporting that Comey was in the state to celebrate the 90th birthday of his father-in-law.
Scorned by President Donald Trump, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey turned up in, of all places, Iowa this past weekend. The author of the post promised to "try to tweet in useful ways".
@FormerBu has only fired off six tweets but the most recent posts are what gave away Comey's identity.
The tweets also included shots of a silhouetted Comey in a cornfield facing an orange sunset and a flock of white birds identified as "migrating white pelicans in Iowa". In introducing the Twitter account, he added, "Gotta get back to writing".
Comey is at work on a book on ethics and leadership due out in the spring.
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But if Comey was hoping for a weekend escape from scandals involving an unjust firing - his May 9 firing is one the central issues in Independent Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation of the Trump Administration - Iowa may not have been the best choice.
Comey has an obvious connection to his nom de twitter. He let slip that he had a secret account and Gizmodo reported it was @projectexile7 with the name Reinhold Niebuhr, a theologian whom Comey wrote a thesis on.
Until Monday, however, Comey had not formally acknowledged he was the man behind the account.
Unlike Trump, whose preferred form of communication is Twitter, Comey has not been prolific on the social media site.
U.S. lawyer Benjamin Wittes, a close friend of Mr Comey, then cleared up any remaining confusion and confirmed in a tweet that the account did belong to him.
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