This is a gesture typically reserved for colleagues who have been killed. The metaphor is chilling.
Independent reports today that already more than a dozen current FBI agents have changed their Facebook profile picture to one of themselves with Comey, or one of Comey alone. They go one to explain, “The gesture is apparently usually reserved for a colleague who dies in the line of duty.”
Also reported by Independent is the fact that Comey’s firing has left the FBI in a state of utterly-low morale – a true low point after they were “already enduring one of its most tumultuous periods in history.”
One agent spoke out to offer a stark assessment of the situation at the FBI:
“The real impact will be the distrust of the agency under the leadership of the new director…No matter who gets the job, there will be a cloud of suspicion because the President is unpopular with much of the population. That bad faith will make it harder to do my job.”