Former FBI James Comey is new to Twitter, but his influence is nothing new. So when he took to Twitter Saturday evening to “sub-tweet” President Donald Trump, thousands took notice as Comey’s tweet spread like a viral wildfire.
In what appears to be a response to President Donald Trump’s tweet about CNN an hour before, Comey tweeted a quote by Thomas Jefferson:
“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” – Thomas Jefferson, Jan. 28, 1786 pic.twitter.com/LEvy1hHRPI
— James Comey (@Comey) November 25, 2017
“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” – Thomas Jefferson, Jan. 28, 1786”
It only took a couple of hours before Comey’s tweet had tens of thousands of likes and “retweets.”
It seems to have come as a response to a tweet by Trump, who attacked CNN for “representing” America to the rest of the world.
.@FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 25, 2017
“@FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly,” the President wrote. “The outside world does not see the truth from them!”
Responses to the tweet ran the gamut. Some supported Comey and his trolling, others took him to task for his actions while at the helm of the FBI.
First, Comey’s supporters:
Comey twitter is good twitter
— Brandon Stanton (@humansofny) November 25, 2017
— Jacob Mohr (@jacobwmohr) November 25, 2017
Run, Comey. Run! You and @SallyQYates!
— MommyNeedsANap (@mommy_nap) November 25, 2017
So thankful that @Comey no longer blending in with the drapes.
— Blessyourheart (@hopefulmom10) November 25, 2017
Lol!! You, Sir, are a class act. And troll level: Expert!
— Jenn (@Jr3597) November 25, 2017
The other day, I called it a chess move. This is a punch in the nose. You go Comey!
— Existentialist (@AFCMSgt1SgtMTI) November 25, 2017
But his critics pounced:
“Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle” – Thomas Jefferson, Jun 11, 1807 (during his 2nd term) https://t.co/H9Btoa5HV4
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) November 25, 2017
you freaking idiot…our freedom depends on our leaders being honest and putting America FIRST…that is only now happening with @POTUS what you and the est of the obama bunch did to America is criminal… https://t.co/84ixktE6dX
— sunnyinmo (@DeplorableSunny) November 25, 2017
Our liberty also depends on our government being able to protect US & keep some information classified, i.e. not for public consumption.
You took an oath which you violated.
Hypocrite much?? https://t.co/b8FpodcgE9
— Angel (@AngelSews) November 26, 2017
Our liberty also depends on having a U.S. Justice Department that doesn’t cover up felony crimes committed by politicians. You are such a tool !!!
— Mark Bua (@markbua) November 25, 2017
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) November 26, 2017
It’s as if you’ve lost your memory. You were in charge when James Rosen was wire tapped.
Sharyl Atkison was also improperly surveilled. https://t.co/NIEdO29Mxd
— Stacy Washington (@StacyOnTheRight) November 26, 2017
CNN wasn’t a fan of Trump’s original tweet either.
It’s not CNN’s job to represent the U.S to the world. That’s yours. Our job is to report the news. #FactsFirst
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 25, 2017
Last month, the feds were fighting to keep James’ Comey’s official “memos” out of the hands of the public.
In a court filing, the government lawyers are arguing that disclosing the documents would be “detrimental” to the ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in the November presidential election.
Several media outlets – both on the left and right – have filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to force their release. Among the outlets are The Daily Caller, CNN and USA Today.
The lawsuit seeks the release of all memos Comey write following his meetings with President Trump. Comey was fired May 9 and has testified that he wrote several memos after the one-on-one meetings and telephone meetings with Trump.
Immediately following his dismissal, Comey gave a memo he wrote to his friend, a Columbia Law School professor, because he wanted to force the appointment of a special investigator to continue the probe into Russian interference in the campaign. On May 17, Comey’s predecessor, Robert Mueller, was appointed special counsel.
The government’s attorneys argued in Friday’s court filing that releasing the Comey documents could “reveal the scope and focus of the investigation and thereby harm the investigation” and potential prosecutions.
The lawyers suggested in their filing that an FBI employee could testify before U.S. District Judge James Boasberg about why Comey’s memos are so sensitive.
“Publicly explaining in any greater detail why the release of the Comey Memos would be detrimental to the pending investigation would itself disclose law enforcement sensitive information that could interfere with the pending investigation,” the government lawyers wrote.
It’s easy to criticize from the bleachers, but James Comey’s critics are right. He was no angelic figure when he was in charge either. How quickly he forgot how he treated the press.
The press has a responsibility to the people to report, not create. Whereas the press does enjoy the right to speak it’s mind, the people also have a right to denounce that press, with the same hatred fed arrogance that the press distributes across our nation. For every right that the press regards as theirs, the people have an equal right to dismiss the press in any particular legal fashion, whether by the President, or anyone else. With the press demanding the right to dictate what they want to be the news, the President, and the whole of America can and should also speak out against a press that has forgotten it’s place in society. It is not to create the news to fit their agenda, they are only to report the facts, and let the people decide how they will accept it.