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Comey after Trump tweet about Flynn firing: The truth ‘cannot be long hidden’

Former FBI Director James Comey offered a cryptic message on social media Saturday, saying the truth “cannot be long hidden” shortly after President Trump said he fired former national security adviser Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI.

“Beautiful Long Island Sound from Westport, CT,” Comey wrote in the caption of an Instagram post. “To paraphrase the Buddha — Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun; the moon; and the truth.”

The former FBI director, who Trump fired from his post in May, has taken to social media in recent days in what has been viewed as an apparent reaction to developments in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference.

After Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials, Comey posted a Bible verse about justice on Twitter and Instagram.

Trump tweeted earlier Saturday that he fired Flynn for lying to the FBI, an apparent shift from his earlier explanation that Flynn was fired for lying to Vice President Pence.

“I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies,” Trump tweeted.

Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI and announced a plea deal with Mueller’s team. He faces up to five years in prison for the charge.