Every Trump Tweet About James Comey Since He Fired The FBI Director (There's Over 50)
With former FBI Director James Comey currently making the publicity rounds to prepare for the release of his new book, A Higher Loyalty, it makes sense that Comey would be on the president's mind. However, a quick look through everything Trump has tweeted about James Comey in the time since the former FBI director's ouster, it becomes clear that Comey has actually been on Trump's mind a lot. In fact, Trump has tweeted about Comey on 31 days since the firing took place last year.
If it seems like Trump's ire toward Comey has gotten worse lately, it could have something to do with the claims about Trump that Comey makes in his book. "This president is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values," Comey wrote, in a particularly scathing passage. "His leadership is transactional, ego driven and about personal loyalty."
Trump, in turn, has responded with rage, calling Comey, among other things, "not smart," a "slimeball," and "the worst FBI director in history - by far!" He also called the book "self-serving and FAKE!"
His attention to the former FBI director's perceived faults and mistakes isn't new, though. In fact, it's hardly abated since that fateful moment when Trump fired him. Here is Trump's full Twitter relationship with the fired Comey.
1. May 9, 2017
Trump's first mention on Twitter of Comey's firing was also a swipe at Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer, who told Bloomberg prior to Trump's 2016 election victory that he didn't have confidence in the FBI director anymore.
2. May 10, 2017
3. May 12, 2017
4. May 16, 2017
This stream of tweets came after the Washington Post reported that Trump had given highly classified information to Russian officials, at a meeting that the Russian press was allowed to witness but that the American press was kept out of.
5. May 31, 2017
This was a busy day on Twitter for the president, starting out with the infamous "covfefe" tweet. While these tweets aren't directly centered around Comey, they are part of the president's work to pain Comey as a liar.
6. June 9, 2017
Comey testified in front of Congress on June 8, and on June 9, Trump responded on Twitter with what he evidently thought was the most important part of Comey's testimony: Comey had leaked details of a conversation he had with Trump to a friend, with the knowledge that the friend would pass it on to the press.
7. June 11, 2017
This tweet sparked confusion, as Trump's use of the word "prevalent" doesn't exactly make sense. Anonymous leaks also aren't necessarily illegal.
Trump distances himself from Richard Nixon in this case, as Nixon did make tapes.
9. July 10, 2017
Trump's repeated declarations that Comey's link was entirely illegal did not make that claim true.
10. July 22, 2017
11. Sept. 1, 2017
After over a month of leaving Comey alone, Trump brought the FBI right back with a claim about Comey's handling of the Clinton email investigation.
12. Oct. 18, 2017
It is indeed a fact that Comey drafted a statement saying that the FBI did not judge Clinton to be guilty of any crimes, but the Justice Department has not found reason to investigate Comey over this break with tradition.
13. Oct. 29, 2017
Trump publicly admitted that he fired Comey in hopes that it would end the questions surrounding alleged collusion between his campaign and Russia, but this tweet storm is one piece of evidence that it didn't exactly turn out that way.
14. Nov. 3, 2017
A common trope in Trump tweets — praising specific Fox News segments.
15. Dec. 3, 2017
There's been a lot of talk lately about Trump's attempts to besmirch the reputation of the FBI, but here's a tweet showing that he started that effort much earlier.
16. Dec. 23, 2017
He added that McCabe is "racing the clock to retire with full benefits." Thanks to Trump's Justice Department, McCabe would not win that race; he was fired only days before his retirement would have started.
17. Jan. 2, 2018
Even when otherwise discussing former Clinton aide Huma Abedin, Trump still found a few characters to squeeze in a mention of Comey.
18. Feb. 5, 2018
Again, Trump brings up Comey's leaking while attacking a different person entirely — this time Rep. Adam Schiff of California, who has become a frequent Democratic commentator from the House Intelligence Committee.
19. Feb. 10, 2018
20. Feb. 27, 2018
Again, Trump boosts the words of someone boosting him.
21. Feb. 28, 2018
This tweet isn't an attack on Comey — instead, it's an attack on Trump's own attorney general, Jeff Sessions.
22. March 16, 2018
23. March 17, 2018
Here, Trump ignores an obvious reason that the Mueller probe was started: his firing of James Comey.
24. March 18, 2018
Comey has repeatedly claimed that he always made notes after meeting with Trump — which, apparently, Trump doesn't believe.
25. April 7, 2018
Here's another example of Trump attacking his own Justice Department and connecting it with Comey. He often appears alongside these other Trump bogeymen — like former attorney general Loretta Lynch, Andrew McCabe, and Hillary Clinton's email.
26. April 11, 2018
This tweet is inaccurate on several fronts — the U.S.-Russia relationship had deteriorated well before Trump took office, and the Trump-Russia investigation is headed up by Republicans.
27. April 13, 2018
As information about Comey's book began to trickle out, Trump virulently defended himself and his decision to fire Comey — and then the report on the reasons behind Andrew McCabe's firing sent him back to Twitter.
28. April 15, 2018
On Sunday, Trump attacked Comey on basically every imaginable front. All of this is a reaction to Comey's memoir, which contradicts numerous claims that Trump has made.
Trump and Comey both have their detractors — who will all decide for themselves which man to believe. Comey has made his feelings on the president clear in his book, whereas Trump, as you can see, decided to go with another medium to get across his feelings on Comey.