Former FBI Director James Comey was furious at the lack of respect the White House showed him in the way he was fired, sources have told ABC News.
Associates say he is simmering at some of the comments directed at him by White House staffers, who have used words like "atrocities" to describe his actions as director.
One person close to the former director said that President Trump calling Comey a "showboat" and suggesting he is not "competent" has required Comey to show considerable restraint.
(No no, don't show restraint, speak man speak!)
A source said they expect that at some point Comey will respond to Trump -- but it is uncertain when that would be. For now, Comey has taken a few days to gather himself, particularly given how caught off guard he was by the timing of the firing.
So perhaps he will speak..I don't know....next Tuesday to that Senate Intelligence Committee?
As for Trump's attempts to threaten Comey, consider that bluff called:
Oh man, I think we are ALL hoping there are tapes.A source close to Comey told me this morning: “He hopes there are tapes. That would be perfect.”— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) May 12, 2017
There are also reports that FBI agents are scrambling to make progress on the Russian investigation for fear the Trump Administration will "kneecap" it before it reaches a conclusion.
Courtesy of the Daily Beast:
Two well-connected former FBI employees told The Daily Beast that counterintelligence agents working on the Russian counterintelligence program out of FBI headquarters in downtown Washington met for drinks in the hours after their boss’s firing and shared their concerns: that they would be reassigned elsewhere, and their work on the Russian-Trump associates investigation would come to a grinding halt.
There are also Right Wing operatives, including our own Sarah Palin, who argue that Comey was not popular among FBI agents.
However that was refuted by Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe who said that Comey had "broad support" within the agency.
And it is also refuted by this:
The Daily Beast said at least a dozen agents posted images on their private Facebook pages of themselves with Mr Comey, or else of Mr Comey alone.
The gesture is apparently usually reserved for a colleague who dies in the line of duty.
I think it is pretty clear that Trump has kicked a hornet's nest.
Let the stinging begin.