Case cracked: Comey reveals secret Twitter account

Larry Hoffman
October 24, 2017

Director James Comey had a "secret" Twitter account that followed a limited number of people or institutions, all of which had some kind of connection to Comey.

Comey's account under the pseudonym "Reinhold Niebuhr", references the name of a well-known theologian that he wrote about in an undergraduate thesis at the College of William & Mary, Gizmodo reported.

LawFare blogger Benjamin Wittes-a personal friend of Comey's-has tweeted that the "Reinhold Niebuhr" account using the handle @FormerBu "is in fact, James Comey himself".

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. "Good place to think about leadership and values", Comey wrote on October 19, with a subsequent post on October 22 reading, "Watching migrating white pelicans in Iowa thinking about Niebuhr's Serenity Prayer".

The account has also tweeted out scenic pictures from West Point, Gettysburg and around Iowa.

The account was rumoured, but not confirmed, to be Comey's.

Late this morning, it has been confirmed that an account going by the username Reinhold Niebuhr is actually controlled by none other than James Comey himself.

One could only imagine what Comey might have been tweeting had he been active on Twitter during some of President Trump's most vile attacks toward him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Then, on Friday, @FormerBu gave the first solid hint at his identity when he published a picture-from the back-of a very tall man in an Iowa cornfield.

Alas, the only part of the Monday Comey tweet that has a clear meaning is the sentence about having to write. Immediately, pundits, journalists, and others online began to speculate both seriously and not-quite-as-seriously about whether this was some sort of signal that Comey would be running for office.

Comey is at work on a book on ethics and leadership due out in the spring.

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