Former FBI director in Iowa: It's for family, not politics

Former FBI director in Iowa: It's for family, not politics

Comey tweeted an image of himself standing alone, along the roadside in Iowa, writing, "On the road home". Former Gizmodo writer Ashley Feinberg was the first to come forth with a guess at what his handle might be; she documented both her conclusion as well as her process in a comprehensive write-up soon after, but there was one name that was highlighted in flashing lights for all who read it: Reinhold Niebuhr. Gotta get back to writing. "Will try to tweet in useful ways".

Comey - who was sacked by President Donald Trump earlier this year amid the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election - has kept a low profile in recent months. Wittes retweeted the posts with cryptic notes about how @FormerBu may or may not be Comey. The user shared a link to the agency's jobs site and a picture of Will Ferrell, saying, "Actually, I'm not even mad".

On Sunday, he posted a picture of some pelicans, and on Monday apparently copped to being Comey.

Comey served as the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, deputy USA attorney general, and the top lawyer at Lockheed Martin before he was picked to run the FBI by President Barack Obama.

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Some see a message about future plans in Comey's tweets. Comey wrote his senior thesis at the College of William and Mary partially on Niebuhr, and has been described as a fan of his work.

Comey's close friend Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute and editor in chief of national security blog Lawfare, confirmed that the account, with the handle @FormerBu and name Reinhold Niebuhr, was in fact the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's.

One of President Donald Trump's best-known adversaries dined at a must-stop steakhouse for politicos and posed for a photo along a rural road with a neatly groomed field as a backdrop, as countless White House aspirants have before him.

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