Comey tweets: 'We always emerge stronger from hard times'
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Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyThree reasons Mueller may not charge Trump with obstruction Clinton's security clearance withdrawn at her request Rod Rosenstein must recuse himself MORE said Monday he took inspiration from a visit to Mount Rushmore in a brief message sent amid a chaotic day of headlines that included an order from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border MORE to declassify Comey's text messages related to the Russia investigation.

"Enjoyed today’s visit: An inspiring reminder that we always emerge stronger from hard times," Comey tweeted along with a photo in front of the memorial in South Dakota.

Comey, who was fired in May 2017 and regularly tweets both subtle and overt criticisms of Trump, sent his latest message a short time after the president ordered the declassification of parts of a surveillance application that allowed the FBI to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

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In addition, the president directed that "all text messages relating to the Russia investigation" from Comey and several other federal officials, including Comey's former deputy, Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeClinton's security clearance withdrawn at her request Rod Rosenstein must recuse himself McCabe concerned about 'unfair treatment' after book release delayed by FBI MORE, be made public.

The move was seen as highly unusual, and is likely to inflame tensions with law enforcement officials and Democrats who believe the order is an improper effort by Trump and his congressional allies to undermine in an ongoing investigation.

Conservative allies of the president have long sought the disclosure of additional documents related to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, arguing that the materials would prove the probe was illegitimate or biased.

Comey's tweet also came as senators announced that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford will testify next week over Ford's allegation that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and attempted to remove her clothes during a high school party in the 1980s.

Additionally on Monday, Trump announced new tariffs against China, escalating concerns regarding a trade dispute between the world's two largest economies.