Former FBI Director James Comey lashed out at Attorney General William Barr Friday, accusing him of "sliming" the Department of Justice.
What did Comey say?
Writing on Twitter, Comey said Barr is "sliming his own department" by acting as a spokesman for President Donald Trump.
The AG should stop sliming his own Department. If there are bad facts, show us, or search for them professionally… https://t.co/76ELr4V6KI— James Comey (@James Comey)1558143719.0
Comey's comments come after Barr told Fox News Friday that he is investigating whether "government officials abused their power and put their thumb on the scale" during the initial stages of the Russia investigation.
"I've been trying to get answers to the questions and I've found that a lot of the answers have been inadequate and some of the explanations I've gotten don't hang together, in a sense I have more questions today than when I first started," Barr said.
"If we're worried about foreign influence, for the very same reason we should be worried about whether government officials abuse their power and put their thumb on the scale," he explained.
What was the reaction?
People were quick to point out that Comey's comments indicate that he is nervous about Barr digging into the origins of the Russia investigation, which are covered with the fingerprints of Comey and other top DOJ officials during the summer of 2016.
Lawyer up Jim. https://t.co/vF8iMBTTH2— Phil Kerpen (@Phil Kerpen)1558146648.0
James Comey, who is a key player implicated in Russia hoax, is tweeting against the Atty General looking into his r… https://t.co/mG85SzAPZp— Mollie (@Mollie)1558146500.0
Comey is getting nervous https://t.co/dQdcN0jqKc— Ryan Saavedra (@Ryan Saavedra)1558145209.0
Let’s start with the text messages between Lisa Page, Peter Strzok and Andy McCabe — your deputies. After that let’… https://t.co/BRReOhhr4t— Arthur Schwartz (@Arthur Schwartz)1558145424.0
Others pointed out the irony of Comey's accusation.
HE is telling the attorney general to stop sliming? https://t.co/5tFANrzOCW— Byron York (@Byron York)1558183957.0
"You should probably sit this one out," read one of the top replies on Comey's tweet.