“It has been the greatest privilege and honor of my professional life to work with him.”
As the fallout continues from President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to fire James Comey, it appears some agents in the FBI are showing not-so-subtle support for their former boss.
According to a Daily Beast report, at least a dozen former FBI agents have posted pictures of themselves with Comey, or simply pictures of Comey. Some even changed their profile pictures to photographs of them with Comey.
It wasn’t the only sign of support Comey got this week, either. With his dismissal, Andrew McCabe became the acting director of the FBI and filled in for Comey to participate in an annual hearing in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on worldwide threats. McCabe had a number of candid moments with the committee, including one where he spoke out about the support he believed Comey had and his own personal feelings towards him.
“I can tell you also that Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day,” McCabe testified. “I have the highest respect for his considerable abilities and his integrity, and it has been the greatest privilege and honor of my professional life to work with him.”
Since Comey’s dismissal, the political fallout from Trump’s decision has only continued. Many critics speculate the move was meant to thwart any investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russian adversaries. Trump supporters, meanwhile, have seen the move as one that demonstrates the president’s decisiveness. But the president himself still can’t seem to step out of the mud.
On Friday, he took to Twitter in what appeared to be a thinly veiled threat at Comey after several news reports contradicted Trump’s own telling of how the firing went down.
This tweet only further emboldened critics of the decision to fire Comey, with some quickly pivoting to calls of obstruction of justice, since the tweet could be seen as an attempt to intimidate other FBI agents from continuing their probe.
Comey, for his part, seems hopeful that the agents will continue fight the good fight.
After Comey was fired, he sent a heartfelt letter to his former colleagues, which read in part: “What makes leaving the FBI hard is the nature and quality of its people, who together make it that rock for America. It is very hard to leave a group of people who are committed only to doing the right thing.”