Former FBI Director James Comey is reportedly outraged at the way President Donald Trump and White House staffers handled his abrupt firing May 10.
Sources close to Comey told ABC News that the Bureau's former director is holding back from lashing out after the president referred to him in a recent NBC interview as "a showboat" and "a grandstander."
"The FBI has been in turmoil," Trump told NBC at the time, according to ABC. "You know that. I know that. Everybody knows that."
In the days following Comey's termination, Trump has made several other comments about the matter, and said he decided to bring in a new FBI director because "this Russia thing" that Comey was looking into "is a made up story," according to NBC News.
"James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Trump tweeted on May 12.
Some comments from White House staffers, who described some of Comey's actions as "atrocities," have also enraged the former FBI director, sources told ABC.
When Comey was fired, Trump reportedly wrote a letter of termination and had it hand-delivered to the Bureau building in Washington D.C. Comey, however, was on a recruiting trip in California, so he learned the news from an aide.
"While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau," reads a portion of Trump's letter, according to NBC. "It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.
"I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors."
According to one of the sources, Comey will soon speak out in response to Trump terminating him. The former director has not spoken publicly about the incident, with the exception of a written statement he made to peers in the Bureau the day that he was let go.
"I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all," he wrote in the statement. "I'm not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed. I hope you won't either. It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply."