James Comey

Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

[Fired May 9, 2017]

  • 7/9/13 Endorses a memorandum approving the use of 13 methods of torture by the CIA, including waterboarding and sleep deprivation for up to 180 hours. (source)
  • 7/5/16 Announces that the FBI recommends to the U.S. Department of Justice to not file criminal charges relating to Hillary Clinton’s email controversy, but adds that Clinton’s aides’ behavior was “extremely careless.” This is the first time the FBI publicly discloses its prosecutorial recommendation to the Dept. of Justice. (source)
  • 10/28/16 Two weeks before Election Day, announces in a letter to Congress that the FBI learned of new mails that might be critical to the investigation of Hillary Clinton. (source)(the letter) More on this letter:
    • Such communication is against Justice Department policy and before he sends it Comey is warned by Justice Dept. lawyers to not send. (source)
    • Comey justifies sending it by stating that if he hadn’t, it “would be misleading to the American people.” (source)
    • The letter is viewed as a possible violation of the Hatch Act, which prohibits most executive branch employees from engaging in political activity. (source)
  • 11/6/17 Several days before Election Day, releases a second letter to Congress that states: “Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July.” (source)(source)(source)
  • 12/11/16 Famed statistician Nate Silver states that Hillary Clinton would have “almost certainly” won the election if not for Comey’s 10/28 letter. (source)
  • 1/12/17 The Dept. of Justice’s Office of Inspector General launches a formal investigation into whether the FBI followed proper procedures in its investigation of Clinton. (source)
  • 1/24/17 Trump asks Comey to continue his term as director of the FBI. (source)
  • 2/25/17 Drawn into a scandal involving the White House asking him and one of his deputies to discredit news reports of the Russian connection with Trump's campaign. (Politico)
  • 3/1/17 FBI will no longer accept Freedom of Information Act requests by email, only by fax. (source)
  • 3/2/17 Representative Adam Schiff of the House Intelligence Committee accuses Comey of withholding crucial information about its probe into Russian interference in the election and raises the possibility of subpoenaing the agency. (Politico)
  • 3/5/17 Asks the Justice Department to publicly reject Trump's assertion that President Obama ordered the tapping of Trump's phone, claiming that the tweeted claims are false and must be corrected. (NYT)
  • 5/3/17 Defends his decision to notify Congress about "new" emails related to the Hillary Clinton investigation two weeks before Election Day, saying that the thought that he may have swayed the election made him "mildly nauseous." (NYT)
  • 5/8/17 Is reported that Comey made a false statement a week before regarding Hillary Clinton's aide Huma Abedin having regularly forwarded hundreds of thousands of emails from Clinton to her husband Anthony Weiner. (ProPublica)
  • 5/9/17 Citing Comey's mishandling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails a letter from Trump to Comey reads in part: "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." (NYT)
  • 6/8/17 Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Testifies to the following: (NYT)(full transcript)
    • Trump told everyone to leave his office before speaking with Comey regarding loosening up on the investigation of Flynn. "Why did he kick everybody out of the Oval Office? That to me as an investigator, is a very significant fact."
    • Regarding one meeting: "I was honestly concerned that he would lie about the nature of our meeting."
    • Regarding ceasing the investigation of Michael Flynn, suspected Russian colluder: "I took it as a direction... I took it as this is what he wants me to do."
    • "I was fired because of the Russian investigation. I was fired in some way to change the way the Russian investigation was being conducted."
    • "There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever. The Russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle. They did it with purpose. They did it with sophistication. They did it with overwhelming technical efforts. And it was an active-measures campaign driven from the top of that government. There is no fuzz on that."