James Comey tweets Bible verse about ‘justice’ after Flynn plea

Former FBI director James Comey testified in June that Trump had asked him to drop an investigation into Michael T. Flynn. Flynn pleaded guilty Friday.
Former FBI director James Comey testified in June that Trump had asked him to drop an investigation into Michael T. Flynn. Flynn pleaded guilty Friday.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Did former FBI director James Comey just hint at what he sees in the future for Michael Flynn and President Trump?

Not long after Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, pleaded guilty Friday to making false statements to the FBI, Comey fired off a passage from the Bible.

“But justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream,” Comey wrote, quoting Amos 5:24.

The tweet included a link to what appears to be Comey’s personal Instagram account, where he shared an image of a river flowing through a somewhat rocky and browning terrain. It’s the only picture posted to that account.


The content of Comey’s post wasn’t surprising — he regularly shares quotes from the likes of Winston Churchill, Thomas Jefferson, and Dwight D. Eisenhower to his more than 444,000 followers online — but the timing appeared significant.

It’s also not the first time he’s fired off a message after a member of Trump’s circle made headlines as part of special prosecutor Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian influence with the US election.

In October, when Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and two others were indicted for conspiracy to launder money, making false statements, and other charges, Comey tweeted, “Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary,” a quote from Reinhold Niebuhr.

He has even shared the picture of the river before. Comey paired the image with a quote from Rev. Charles Haddon Spurgeon in November, in a tweet that said, “If you want truth to go round the world you must hire an express train to pull it; but if you want a lie to go round the world, it will fly; it is light as a feather and a breath will carry it.”


Friday’s message immediately drew a range of responses, with many pointing out the choice to send it after the news about Flynn broke.

“What do you want to bet he had that one saved in his drafts?” one person wrote, hinting that maybe Comey knew that Flynn’s plea deal was coming.

A second person called the move “savage,” slang for a backhanded or unapologetic remark or action.

Comey, who was leading an investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, was abruptly fired by Trump in May. Comey later gave stunning testimony that Trump had asked him to drop an ongoing investigation of Flynn.

Trump later told Russian officials, during a meeting in the Oval Office, that firing Comey relieved “great pressure” on him, according to reports.

Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear. Information from the Associated Press and the New York Times was used in this report.