James Comey confirms he is Reinhold Niebuhr on Twitter

James Comey confirms he is Reinhold Niebuhr on Twitter

Former FBI Director James Comey, who has cultivated a low public profile since his surprise firing last May, confirmed Monday that he is the author of a Twitter account that was previously anonymous - and signaled that he is going to rejoin the national conversation.

A photo showing the back of a man standing in a cornfield was posted on October 20 with the caption, "Good to be back in Iowa".

Which was then followed up by Lawfare editor-in-chief and apparent friend of Comey, Benjamin Wittes. In introducing the Twitter account, he added, "Gotta get back to writing".

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.

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

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.

And although Comey himself admitted to having a secret Twitter account months ago, there was no hard evidence as to what that account was or if Comey was serious in his admission.

The account operates under the name Reinhold Niebuhr - a theologian and political commentator who died in 1971 - and has been the subject of investigations from Gizmodo and the New Yorker, among other outlets.

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"Good to be back in Iowa", Comey wrote. "Darth", a prominent and playful figure on the social media site, noted his presence in Iowa - wearing running shoes - and added a Nike swoosh and the words, "he's running".

Being outed drew more than 8,000 followers to the account within an hour.

Following the Gizmodo article, Niebuhr tweeted Anchorman meme "Actually I'm not even mad, that's amazing", with a link to the Federal Bureau of Investigation jobs page, which does make us wonder about the FBI's handle on social media.

On the same day as his maiden tweet, Comey would later tell Congress that the president called him that morning and described the Russian Federation investigation as a "cloud" over his presidency.

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