WASHINGTON — James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, emerged from seclusion in recent days, appearing pensive and contemplative on a rural Iowa road and in a cornfield, based on photographs posted on his Twitter account.
Mr. Comey is writing a book about his experience in government. President Trump fired Mr. Comey dramatically in May, and Mr. Comey has since remained out of the public spotlight with the exception of an appearance before a congressional committee about his ouster.
Mr. Trump has offered shifting reasons for why he fired Mr. Comey, including over the F.B.I.’s continuing investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, and its handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. The firing ultimately led to the appointment of a special counsel, which has dogged the Trump presidency for months.
Mr. Comey’s Twitter account does not bear his name. Instead, he tweets under the name “Reinhold Niebuhr,” a late American theologian whom Mr. Comey studied and wrote a thesis on at the College of William & Mary, according to the university’s newspaper.
On Sunday, Mr. Comey posted a picture of a bird formation in a blue sky.
On Oct. 20, Mr. Comey posted a picture of what appeared to be him watching the sun peeking over the horizon in an Iowa cornfield.
“Good to be back in Iowa,” Mr. Comey wrote.
Mr. Comey’s Twitter account was once private and he used the handle @projectexile7. He now posts using the name @FormerBu. Bu is F.B.I. lingo for “bureau.” A Twitter spokeswoman would not say whether the account was indeed Mr. Comey’s. But a friend of his, Benjamin Wittes, confirmed on Twitter that it was.
Unlike Mr. Trump, whose preferred form of communication is Twitter, Mr. Comey has not been prolific on the social media site.
Mr. Comey has tweeted six times since March 30, when he posted a link to the F.B.I.’s job website with a meme of Will Ferrell’s character Ron Burgundy in the movie “Anchorman.” The meme quotes Burgundy interpreting his dog’s barking to say that the dog went to the bathroom in the refrigerator and ate a wheel of cheese, “Actually, I’m not even mad. That’s amazing,” Mr. Ferrell’s character says.
Mr. Comey has more than 40,000 followers, a number that grew throughout the day on Monday. He follows 29 users, including his literary agents.
On the same day as his maiden tweet, Mr. Comey would later tell Congress that the president called him that morning and described the Russia investigation as a “cloud” over his presidency.
Mr. Trump fired Mr. Comey 41 days later.
Mr. Comey did not immediately respond to a message from The New York Times to his Twitter account.
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