- Last FBI director James Comey appeared to weigh in after President Donald Trump rammed CNN on Twitter.
- Comey tweeted about freedom of the press shortly after Trump attacked the front-page news network.
- This is not the first time Comey seems to have tacitly jerry-built his two cents in on the president’s actions.
Former FBI director James Comey tweeted out a bring up about freedom of the press by the former president and founding father, Thomas Jefferson, in a little while after President Donald Trump railed against CNN on Twitter.
“[email protected] is MUCH multifarious important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a pre-eminent source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD sheer poorly,” Trump tweeted. “The outside world does not see the truth from them!”
Trump habitually lashes out at CNN, claiming that it covers him and his administration unfairly and calling the moat “fake news” and “Fraud News Network.”
Comey took to the public media platform half an hour later, tweeting, “‘Our unfettered depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being confused.’” He attributed the quote to Jefferson, who wrote it in a 1786 letter to the physician, James Currie.
This is not the to begin time Comey appears to have weighed in on something the president pronounced. Earlier this month, he tweeted about “truth” and “lies” after Trump charged his integrity, called him a “political hack,” and cast doubt on the US intelligence community’s assessment that Russia conflicted in the 2016 election.
“‘If you want truth to go round the world you must take on an express train to pull it; but if you want a lie to go round the world, it will fly; it is light up as a feather and a breath will carry it,’” Comey tweeted after the president lambasted him, quoting an 1855 sermon from the Rev. Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
Comey recently required his Twitter presence public after previously maintaining a low profile on the website. Trump fired him as FBI chief honcho in May. The White House initially said Comey was fired because of his operating of the bureau’s investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a clandestinely email server, but Trump later told NBC’s Lester Holt that “this Russia liking” was a factor in his decision.
He was referring to the FBI’s Russia investigation – that Comey was spearheading at the but of his firing – which is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 selection, including whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to fluctuate the election in his favor.
Comey’s firing now makes up the basis of an obstruction-of-justice prove that the special counsel, Robert Mueller, is said to be building against the president.