Former FBI director James Comey on Monday appeared to reference reports that Christopher Wray threatened to resign as FBI directory amid increased pressure from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, taking to Twitter to signal support for his successor.
Good to read reports of people standing up for what they believe in. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy” — MLK
— James Comey (@Comey) January 23, 2018
Axios on Monday reported that Wray threatened to quit after Sessions pushed the FBI director to fire deputy director Andrew McCabe in an effort to “clean house.” The situation escalated to the point where Donald Trump brought it to the attention of White House counsel Don McGahn, who “told Sessions this issue wasn’t worth losing the FBI Director over.”
Trump fired Comey last May, citing “pressure” from the FBI’s Russia investigation. That decision started a chain of events that culminated in the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, whose investigation has been a thorn in the president’s side throughout his first year in office.
This isn’t the first time Comey—whose secret Twitter account was discovered last year by former Gizmodo reporter Ashley Feinberg—has written a post ostensibly about the Russia probe. Following the bombshell report that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, Comey tweeted out a Biblical proverb, writing: “But justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”