James Comey Trolls Trump On Twitter In Response To Indictment


Early Monday morning, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and longtime associate of both Trump and Manafort, Rick Gates turned themselves into the FBI after charges filed against them by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller were unsealed.

The case against Manafort and Gates extends beyond their work with Trump. Both of the men worked for around a decade for Russia-affiliated interests in the Ukraine, laundering millions of dollars in the process. They brought this corruption with them into the Trump team.

Over the course of the hours since the indictments were initially unsealed, we’ve heard from an array of interests, including the president and his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Now, former FBI Director James Comey — whom Trump fired in May — has weighed in on the indictments, via his Twitter account.

He tweeted a quote from Reinhold Niebuhr, the theologian he wrote his master’s thesis on and whose name he uses as his Twitter screen name. The quote is a general observation about “man’s inclination to injustice” and its relation to the necessity of democracy.

Comey’s tweet reads:

‘“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” Reinhold Niebuhr’

Check it out below:

Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation itself may never have begun, if Trump hadn’t fired Comey, so Comey has an interesting part to play in all of this. Comey was set to be in Mueller’s position had he been allowed to keep his job, and Trump’s removal of Comey from his post only compounded his problems, since firing a leader of the Russia-investigation constituted obstruction of justice.

Comey’s implication here — that democracy has functioned to bring Manafort and Gates to justice — is well placed. Manafort and Gates aren’t even the only ones to have charges against them revealed on Monday; former Trump aide George Papadopoulos was revealed Monday to have plead guilty to lying to the FBI.

Trump and his cronies have treated the American political system as though it’s some other country, where totalitarian leaders can get away with whatever they want — but that’s not the way it works here.

Comey testified against Trump before Congress earlier this year about Trump’s apparent efforts to obstruct justice before actually firing the FBI Director.

“Reinhold Niebuhr’s” Twitter account has long been seen as Comey’s, and earlier this month, a friend of the former FBI Director “officially” confirmed as much following Comey posting a photo of himself.

Journalist Ben Wittes tweeted:

Check out Twitter’s response to Comey’s latest tweet below.