Former FBI Director James Comey celebrated the indictment of former President Donald Trump on 34 felony counts by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg stemming from alleged relationships with the former president. The FBI chief has emerged as a chief critic of Trump since the president dismissed him in 2017.
Comey wrote on Twitter that the indictment news marked “another good day.” The former head of the FBI turned off comments on his post but still received significant criticism online.
James Comey, putz. A good day would be you in an orange jumpsuithttps://t.co/OsBMUjLZMm
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) April 1, 2023
While many on the political left celebrated what many conservatives view as an unfair prosecution of a leading presidential candidate, the celebration by a former member of law enforcement stood out.
The former FBI director has gained the ire of both sides of the political spectrum. In 2016, just days before the presidential election, Comey announced that the agency would reopen its investigation into Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified emails.
The decision had a major impact on the election and may have played a significant role in Clinton losing the election to the future president.
Since Trump’s election, Comey became a focus of attention for several reasons. Firstly, the former president dismissed the FBI director after a significant disagreement after the recommendation of then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The May 2017 decision highlighted the president’s perception of Comey as a “showboat” and “grandstander.”
Trump described the FBI under Comey’s leadership as “in turmoil.” The then-president said that the FBI chief told him that he was not under investigation regarding claims that the 2016 Trump campaign colluded with Russia. A further investigation by former FBI Director Robert Mueller found the same.
Comey’s firing led to the former law enforcement chief gaining significant notoriety from the political left. Comey went on a media tour, including the 2018 release of his book A Higher Loyalty. He was featured on a series of news and entertainment shows.
Since his firing, the former director has taught at several colleges and currently does not serve in any government role.