After the White House claimed that rank-and-file FBI employees supported President Trump’s abrupt decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, the New York Times revealed that, in reality, many are privately fuming about the unceremonious removal of their boss.
After Trump tweeted that “Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington,” at least a dozen FBI agents responded by posting pictures on Facebook of themselves with Comey.
The show of solidarity is as unprecedented as it is courageous. With the act, these agents are openly defying a president who has not hesitated to fire and malign those who cross him.
It is also a clear indication that the bureau, which has a reputation for leaning conservative, is growing fed up with Trump’s bullying tactics — which puts them in a very large club.
It’s still too soon to be sure where this story will lead, but we know this. The men and women of the FBI have given us one more reason to applaud their courage.
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com