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.
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.
As it became clear that the media — and the Democrats — were not responding well to Comey's firing, Trump began lashing out.
The "tapes" tweet, which brought Watergate to everyone's mind, is one of the most famous moments in Trump's Twitter non-bromance with Comey. It came after the
that Trump had asked Comey for a loyalty pledge — New York Times reported which Trump vehemently denied.
This stream of tweets came after
the 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. Washington Post reported
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.
Trump's repeated declarations that Comey's link was entirely illegal did not make that claim true.
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.
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. 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.
A common trope in Trump tweets — praising specific Fox News segments.
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.
Even when otherwise discussing former Clinton aide Huma Abedin, Trump still found a few characters to squeeze in a mention of Comey.
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.
Instead of using his own words, this time Trump tweeted the words of a Fox News commentator who agreed with him.
Again, Trump boosts the words of someone boosting him.
This tweet isn't an attack on Comey — instead, it's an attack on Trump's own attorney general, Jeff Sessions.
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.
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.