For months, writers and social media observers have speculated that the person behind an anonymous Twitter account was none other than former FBI Director James Comey. And on Monday morning, Comey finally confirmed the rumors. NPR reports that Comey, who was fired by Donald Trump in May, tweeted a picture of himself gazing out over a country road, accompanied by the words "Goodbye Iowa. On the road home. Gotta get back to writing. Will try to tweet in useful ways." A friend of Comey's has since confirmed the account belongs to Comey.
Clues abounded before Comey came clean. For example, the name on the account is Reinhold Niebuhr, the same as that of a theologian Comey wrote about while he was an undergraduate at the College of William and Mary. In addition, the account's handle was recently changed to @FormerBu, short for, in many people's eyes, "former bureau." The Des Moines Register confirmed the former FBI director was indeed in Iowa for the weekend. His father-in-law, Ed Failor Sr., celebrated his 90th birthday over the weekend, and the general manager of the downtown Des Moines steakhouse 801 Chophouse confirmed that the family gathered for a dinner in the restaurant and that Comey attended.