In response to Donald Trump's anger over a report by the New York Times, which said the FBI had investigated whether the president was working for Russia after the resignation of James Comey, Comey himself tweeted a quote from Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
"I ask you to address me to my enemies," said the former FBI director wrote on Saturday he added an attribution "FDR".
It quickly became clear that the tweet, which was almost identical to Trump's, was released on November 21, 2012, when the then reality TV star digested the re-election of Barack Obama.
"I ask you to direct me to the enemies I have made," Trump wroteand added a slightly longer attribution, "Franklin D Roosevelt."
The quote comes from a speech delivered on September 21, 1932 in Portland, Oregon, in which Roosevelt, then a White House candidate, attacked the behavior of public utility companies. According to documents provided by the 32nd President's library online, he said to his audience, "My friends, judge me about the enemies I've made," and was greeted with "cheers, lengthy applause." ,
The Times article, which was released Friday night, was greeted with a breath. It concerned the FBI's attempts to determine if the president was a Russian good. The President's reaction to the report included a failure in an interview with Fox News in which he denied "ever working for Russia" and familiar abuse of the FBI Director, whom he dismissed in May 2017. All this made the congruence in their tweets amusing.
But it seems that Comey has made a sharper point. On November 21, 2012, the date of Trump's FDR Tweet, Obama also issued a Presidential Memorandum. Her topic: "National Insider Threat Policy and Minimum Standards for Insider Threat Programs of the Executive."
In the memo, Obama defined his goal as "guidance and guidance to encourage the development of effective insider threat programs in departments and agencies to discourage, detect, and mitigate the actions of employees who could pose a threat to national security.
"These threats include potential espionage, acts of violence against the government or nation, and unauthorized disclosure of classified information."
According to White House practice, a 2011 memorandum on "structural reforms to improve the security of classified networks and the responsible exchange and protection of classified information" followed.
According to the Times report, the FBI was concerned about Trump 's behavior, including the recurrent connection between Comey' s crackdown on Russia 's involvement in the 2016 elections and ties between Trump aides and Moscow and a notorious Oval Office Meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister shortly after firing.
Trump again attacked the report in his Saturday night interview with Fox News, saying it was "a great insult and the New York Times is a paper disaster, it's a very horrible thing they said."
Also on Saturday, the Washington Post reported that Trump "made extraordinary efforts to hide details of his talks with Vladimir Putin," including "not being able to take possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instruct the linguist on at least one occasion discuss what happened ".
In the 2012 announcement, Obama wrote that he wanted to "strengthen his defense against opponents and insiders who abuse their access and jeopardize our national security."
Obama appointed Comey director of the FBI in 2013. At the time of the order and the memorandum he was not in office. Since his shooting by Trump, he has published an explosive and best-selling memoir and severely criticized the president.
Of course, Trump's memo and tweet, published the same day, can be a coincidence. But on Sunday, a source who worked in the first Bush Justice Department told the Guardian, "Comey makes a point:" Trump is my enemy. That says a lot about me. "
Comey did not comment on Saturday immediately, but he did tweet on a trip to see a Broadway show: "The perfect day to kill a mockingbird … Amazing cast and vital message:" All rise. "