Former FBI Director James Comey offered his support for the agency’s current leaders as Republican members of Congress criticize it for surveillance of Trump campaign officials during the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
“All should appreciate the FBI speaking up,” Comey said Thursday in a tweet. “But take heart: American history shows that, in the long run, weasels and liars never hold the field, so long as good people stand up. Not a lot of schools or streets named for Joe McCarthy.”
Comey, who was fired by President Donald Trump, appeared to be attacking plans to make public a memo written by Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee that alleges anti-Trump bias within the FBI in its Russia probe. FBI Director Christopher Wray has urged Trump not to approve releasing the memo, which is based on classified material, and the agency issued an unusual public statement expressing “grave concerns” about its release.
Trump has decided to allow publication of the House Republican memo and will send it back to Congress for release by Friday, two White House officials said.