James Comey Shocking Biography, Age, Height, Wife, FBI and Net worth

James Comey Shocking Biography, Age, Height, Wife, FBI and Net worth

This biography of James Comey provides detailed information about his childhood, Age, height, life, Wife, Kids, achievements, works, investigations, Dismissal,Parents Facts and Net Worth.

 

7th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Was In office : September 4, 2013 – May 9, 2017
President Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Deputy Sean M. Joyce
Mark F. Giuliano
Andrew McCabe
Preceded by Robert Mueller
Succeeded by Christopher A. Wray
31st United States Deputy Attorney General
In office : December 9, 2003 – August 15, 2005
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Larry Thompson
Succeeded by Paul McNulty
United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York
In office : January 7, 2002 – December 15, 2003
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Mary Jo White
Succeeded by David N. Kelley
Personal details
Born
James Brien Comey Jr.

December 14, 1960 (age 59)
Yonkers, New York, U.S.

Political party Independent (2016–present)
Other political
affiliations
Republican (before 2016)
Height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Spouse(s) Patrice Failor
Children 6
Education College of William and Mary(BS)
University of Chicago (JD)

Who is James Comey?

Born James Brien Comey Jr. on December 14, 1960, he is an American lawyer who was the 7th director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from 2013 until his dismissal in May 2017. Comey had been a full registered Republican for the most of his  adult life. in 2016, he described himself as unconnected to any political party.

Comey was the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York between January 2002 and December 2003, and the United States deputy attorney general from December 2003 to August 2005 in the administration of President George W. Bush.

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In August 2005, Comey left the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and became Lockheed Martin’s senior vice president as general counsel while stationed in Bethesda, Maryland.  In 2010, he became general counsel at Bridgewater Associates, located in Westport, Connecticut.

James Comey at the Hillary Clinton email Hearing

James Comey at the Hillary Clinton email Hearing

In early 2013, Bridgewater left to become a senior Hertog research scholar and fellow on national security law at Columbia Law School. He served on the board of directors of HSBC Holdings until July 2013.

In September 2013, President Barack Obama appointed Comey to the post of FBI Director. In that capacity, he was responsible for overseeing the FBI’s investigation into the Hillary Clinton email controversy.

His role in the 2016 US presidential election was highly controversial. Many Clinton supporters claim that his decisions just before the 2016 election could have cost her the presidency, especially his decision to reopen the investigation into Clinton emails less than two weeks before the election.

Comey also received heavy criticism from Republicans after revealing that he began drafting an overbought letter for Clinton before the investigation was completed.

On June 14, 2018, DOJ inspector general Michael E. Horowitz released his report on the FBI’s handling of Hillary Clinton’s email investigation, which criticized Comey’s actions during the 2016 election.

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President Donald Trump fired Comey on May 9, 2017. Statements by Trump and the White House suggested that Comey had been fired to relieve the “pressure” Trump was under because of the Russian investigation.

Later that month, Comey arranged for a friend to drop a memo he had written after a private meeting on Feb. 14, 2017 with the president. He said Trump had asked him to end the FBI’s investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Comey as head of the FBI

Comey as head of the FBI

The dismissal, various memos detailing meetings with Trump, and Comey’s subsequent Congressional testimony in June of the same year were interpreted by some commentators as evidence of obstruction of justice by the president and became part of the Mueller investigation.

Inspector General Horowitz found Comey violated FBI policy regarding the memos, but the Justice Department refused to prosecute Comey. The New York Times and The Washington Post reported on November 22, 2019 that Horowitz’s forthcoming report did not find Comey engaging in politically biased actions against Trump.

 

James Comey Early life

Comey was born on December 14, 1960, in Yonkers, New York, to his parents Joan Marie Comey and J. Brien Comey. His grandfather, William J. Comey, was an officer and later a commissioner of the Yonkers Police Department. The family moved to Allendale, New Jersey, in the early 1970s.

His father worked in corporate real estate and his mother was a computer consultant and home maker. [30] Comey is of Irish heritage.

James Comey Education

He attended Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale in 1977, he and his brother were victims of a home invasion by a criminal named “The Ramsey Rapist“.

Comey graduated from William and Mary College in 1982, focusing on chemistry and religion. He received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Chicago Law School in 1985.

College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia where James Comey studied chemistry and religion

College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia where James Comey studied chemistry and religion

Early career (1985–1993)

After law school, Comey was a law clerk to U.S. district judge John M. Walker Jr. in Manhattan. He was then an associate for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in their New York office. He joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he worked from 1987 to 1993. While there, he was Deputy Head of the Criminal Division and helped prosecute the Gambino crime family.

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Clinton Administration (1996-2001)

Assistant United States Attorney

Between 1996 and 2001, Comey was a U.S. Assistant Management Attorney in charge of the Richmond Department of the United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. In 1996, Comey acted as special deputy counsel to the Senate Whitewater Committee.

He was also the lead prosecutor in the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing case in Saudi Arabia. While in Richmond, Comey was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Richmond School of Law.

Bush Administration (2002-2005)

U.S. Attorney

Comey was the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, from January 2002 until the time of his confirmation as Deputy Attorney General on December 11, 2003. His first tasks included taking over the investigation of President Bill Clinton’s controversial pardon o Marc Rich, whom Comey concluded was involved in any illegality.

In November 2002, he led the prosecution of three men who were involved in one of the largest identity fraud cases in American history. The fraud lasted two years and resulted in thousands of people nationwide losing over $ 3 million.

He also led the indictment of Adelphia Communications founder John Rigas for bank fraud, wire fraud, and securities fraud. Rigas was convicted of the charges in 2004 and in 2005, he was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.

Adelphia Corporation was forced to file for bankruptcy after it acknowledged it took out $ 3.3 billion in fake loans. It was “one of the most elaborate and extensive corporate fraud in the history of the United States”.

Comey appointed Patrick Fitzgerald as special counsel to lead the grand jury investigation into Plame’s relationship after Attorney General John Ashcroft rejected it himself.

NSA domestic wire-cut

In early January 2006, The New York Times, as part of its investigation into the Bush administration’s warranty domestic surveillance program, reported on an incident in which Comey and other Justice Department officials refused to certify the legality of central aspects of the National Security Administration (NSA) program.

Comey sitting at the Oval Office talking to Obama following the San Bernardino shooting, December 3, 2015

Comey sitting at the Oval Office talking to Obama following the San Bernardino shooting, Dec. 3, 2015

The DOJ had issued a finding that the domestic wire cutting operation under the Terrorism Surveillance Program (TSP) would be unconstitutional if done without a court warrant. Under the White House procedures, approval of the Justice Department was required to renew the program.

In early March 2004, Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert S. Mueller III and Comey had prepared their resignations if the White House disregarded the DOJ’s finding that the program was unconstitutional.

Improved questioning techniques

When Comey was Deputy Attorney General in 2005, he approved a memorandum approving the use of 13 so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” that included water irrigation and sleep deprivation for up to 180 hours (7 1⁄ 2 days), which was used by the CIA when questioning suspects.

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Comey opposed a second memorandum, drafted by Daniel Levin and signed by Steven G. Bradbury, which stated that these techniques could be used together.  Comey was one of the few members of the Bush administration who had sought to prevent or restrict the use of torture.

Evidence before congressional committee

In May 2007, Comey testified before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and the House Judiciary subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law on the controversy surrounding the dismissal of the U.S. attorney. His testimony contradicted the testimony of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who had said the firing was due to poor performance on the part of some of the dismissed prosecutors. Comey stressed that the Justice Department must be considered nonpartisan and nonpolitical to act.

Police and African Americans

In February 2015, Comey gave a speech at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., about the relationship between the police and the African-American community.

He said, “At many points in American history, law enforcement enforced the status quo – a status quo that was often unfairly cruel to disadvantaged groups,” citing as an example his own Irish ancestors, who said he had, in the early 20th century, often viewed by law enforcement as drunkards and criminals.

He added, “The Irish had difficult times, but little compared to the experience of black Americans on our own soil,” and went on to highlight current social issues such as a lack of employment and education opportunities that can lead black men young to be forced into committing crime,  Comey said.

Police officers on patrol in our nation’s cities often work in environments where a disproportionately high percentage of street crime is committed by young men of color. Something happens to goodwill people working in that environment. After years of police work, officers can often not help being influenced by the cynicism they feel. A mental shortcut becomes almost irresistible.

James Comey and Police Officers

James Comey and Police Officers

Hillary Clinton email investigation

On July 10, 2015, the FBI opened a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State. On June 29, 2016, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton met on board his aircraft on the tarmac of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, leading to calls for her refusal.

Lynch then announced that he would “fully” accept the FBI’s recommendation regarding the probe. On July 2, FBI agents completed their investigation by interviewing Hillary Clinton at FBI headquarters, following which Comey and his associates determined that criminal indictments were unfounded in the case.

Russian US election interference

On July 5, 2016, the day of Comey’s press conference, the FBI obtained a Donald Trump-Russian dossier from Christopher Steele.  At the end of July, the FBI opened an investigation into the Trump campaign.

Comey asked President Obama for permission to write an op-ed, which would warn the public that the Russians were interfering in the election. The president denied the request.

CIA director John O. Brennan then gave an unusual private briefing on the Russians to minority Senate leader Harry Reid; Reid then made public reference to the briefing. Comey, however, refused to confirm – even at classified congressional briefings – that the Trump Campaign was under investigation.

In early October, meetings were held in the White House Situation Room; National Security Adviser Susan Rice argued that the information should be released, while Comey argued that it no longer needed to be disclosed.

In January 2017, Comey first met Trump when he briefed the president-elect on Steele’s dossier. On January 27, 2017, Trump and Comey dined alone in the White House. According to Trump, Comey asked for the dinner in order to ask to keep his job and, when asked, told Trump he was not under investigation. Trump has indicated that he did not ask Comey to pledge his loyalty.

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However, according to Comey’s associates, Trump asked for the dinner, asked Comey to pledge his loyalty, twice, and Comey replied to him, twice, that he would always be honest, until Trump asked him if he would promise “honest loyalty ”, and  Comey said he will.

On February 14, the day after President Trump fired Michael T. Flynn, Comey met with president Trump during a terrorism threat briefing at the White-House Oval Office.

At the end of the meeting Trump asked other security chiefs to leave, then told Comey to consider imprisoning reporters over leaks and “I hope you can see your way clearly to let this go, to let Flynn go. ” Comey, as is usual, immediately documented the meeting in a memo and shared it with FBI officials.

In his congressional testimony, Comey explained that he took Trump’s comment to be an “order” to drop the Flynn investigation, but that “he did not consider this an order to drop the Russian investigation as a whole.”

James Comey Dismissal

He formally dismissed President Trump Comey on May 9, 2017, less than 4 years into his 10-year term as FBI Director. Comey first learned of his termination of television news reports and flashed on screen while delivering a speech to agents at the Los Angeles Field Office.

James Comey and Donald Trump

James Comey and Donald Trump

Sources said he was shocked and guarded by the termination. Comey left for Washington, D.C. immediately, and he was forced to cancel his scheduled speech that night at an FBI recruiting event.

Trump reportedly called Deputy Director Andrew McCabe the next day, demanding to know why Comey was allowed to fly back to Washington on an FBI jet after he was fired.

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On May 10, Comey sent a letter to FBI staff in which he said, “I have long believed that a president can fire an FBI director for any reason, or for no reason at all. I do not want to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed. Hopefully neither will it. It’s being done, and I’ll be fine, though I’ll miss you and the mission deeply. “[165] In the absence of a Senate-confirmed FBI director. , McCabe automatically became Acting Director.

Reasons for his dismissal

The White House initially noted that the firing was on the recommendation of U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who Comey reported. Rosenstein had sent Sessions a memorandum, which was forwarded to Trump, in which Rosenstein listed objections to Comey’s conduct in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails.

It allowed the Trump administration to attribute Comey’s firing to Rosenstein’s recommendation regarding the Clinton email controversy. It was later revealed that on May 8, Trump had asked Sessions and Rosenstein to detail while writing a case against Comey.

Comey's October letter

Comey’s October letter

Rosenstein’s memo was forwarded to Trump on May 9 and then was interpreted as a recommendation to dismiss Comey, and Trump immediately did. In Trump’s termination letter to Comey, he attributed the firing to the appropriate letters from Sessions and Rosenstein.

On May 10, Trump told reporters that he fired Comey because Comey “wasn’t doing a good job.”  White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders added that the FBI rank and file had lost faith in Comey and that she had “heard from countless members of the FBI … thankfully and thankfully about the president’s decision.

Document meetings with Trump

On May 16, 2017, it was first reported that Comey prepared a detailed set of notes following each meeting and phone call he had with President Trump.

Reference to recorded tapes

On May 12, Trump tweeted “James Comey better hope there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”, Interpreted the media, political and legal analysts, as well as politicians the opposition, as a threat to Comey.

On June 8, when asked by the Senate Intelligence Committee about the existence of tapes, Comey replied “Lordy, hope there are tapes!” He added that he would have no problem with publicly releasing any recordings.

 

Aftermath

Comey’s termination was immediately controversial. It was compared to Saturday’s massacre, President Richard Nixon’s termination of special prosecutor Archibald Cox, who had been investigating the Watergate scandal, and the firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates in January 2017.

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Many members of Congress expressed concern over the firing and argued that it would jeopardize the integrity of the investigation. Critics accused Trump of obstructing justice.

Post-government life

In the summer of 2017, Comey gave the assembly speech and a series of lectures at Howard University, a historically black university in Washington, DC. In the fall of 2018, Comey returned to his alma mater, College of William & Mary, to teach a course on ethical leadership. He became an executive teacher in education, an unoccupied position at the College. Comey joined assistant professor Drew Stelljes to teach the course during the 2018–2019 academic year.

In February 2019, amid controversy over a black-and-white photo in Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s new medical school yearbook, and a national debate about the removal of Confederate monuments and memorials, Comey published an op-ed in the Washington Post, suggesting that Virginia He should get rid of the Confederate statues in Richmond: “Expressing bipartisan horror in black-and-white photos is essential, but removing the statues would show all of America that Virginia had really changed.”

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James comey Bridgewater

Comey left the Justice Department in August 2005. In August 2005, it was announced that Comey would enter the private sector, becoming general counsel and senior vice president of Lockheed Martin, the Defense Department’s largest contractor in the United States.

Comey’s tenure took effect on October 1, 2005, serving in that capacity until June 2, 2010, when he announced he would be leaving Lockheed Martin to join the senior management committee at Bridgewater Associates, an investment management firm that is located in Connecticut. Comey received a $3 million dollar payment from Bridgewater.

head of FBI

James Comey

On February 1, 2013, upon leaving Bridgewater, he was appointed by Columbia University Law School as a senior research scholar and Hertog fellow on national security law.

He was also appointed to the London-based financial institution’s board of directors, HSBC Holdings, to improve the company’s compliance program after its $ 1.9 billion settlement with the Justice Department for failing to comply with basic due diligence requirements for money laundering regarding involvement with Cartels, Mexican drug lords, and the financing of terrorism.  Since 2012, he has also served on the Defense Legal Policy Board.

James Comey Net Worth

His total net worth is estimated at 14 million  american dollars.

Party affiliation

Comey was a registered Republican for most of his life. He gave in to Senator John McCain’s campaign in the 2008 presidential election and to Governor Mitt Romney’s campaign in the 2012 presidential election. He revealed during congressional testimony in July 2016 that he was no longer registered with any party.

James Comey Wife, Kids, Height and Personal life

Comey is of Irish descent and was brought up in a Catholic household but now belongs to the United Methodist Church, where he has taught Sunday school. It is 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m) tall.

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Comey and his wife, Patrice Failor, are the parents of five children, and a son who died in his infancy. He has said that he learned to do something good after a tragedy. They have also been foster parents.

james comey and wife Patrice Failor welcome new baby

James comey and wife Patrice Failor welcome new baby

Their oldest daughter, Maurene, graduated from Harvard Law School in 2013 and is currently an assistant attorney general in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

 

Donald Trump blast James Comey ‘DIRTY COP for Setting up Michael Flynn

President Donald Trump tweeted in defense of Michael Flynn, arguing that his former aide – who pleads guilty to lying to the FBI – had been treated badly by law enforcement officials in during their investigation.

James Comey and Michael Flynn

James Comey and Michael Flynn

‘What happened to General Michael Flynn, a war hero, should never be allowed to happen to a US citizen again !,’ Trump wrote.

He also attacked James Comey, who was an FBI director during the Flynn investigation, after unsealed FBI documents revealed that agents were trying to get Flynn ‘to lie, so we can prosecute or fire him’ in their controversial interview in 2017.

 

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