James Brian Comey (Eng. James Brien Comey) - American politician, director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation from September 4, 2013 to May 9, 2017.
Place of Birth. Education. Born December 14, 1960 in Yonkers, New York. After graduating from Northern Highlands Regional High School, he enrolled at the prestigious University of Chicago and graduated from the university's law school in 1985.
Career. From 1985 to 1987, Comey worked in New York law firms as an assistant district judge. In 1987, he joined the Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. He participated in the famous "Gambino trial", during which the prosecutor's office managed to defeat a large clan of Italian mafiosi.
From 1996 to 2001, Comey worked for the Richmond District Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. He was a prosecutor in a criminal case of a terrorist attack against the US military in Saudi Arabia (the Case of the bombing of the Khubar residential complex). Comey also taught law at the University of Richmond School of Law.
From 2003 to 2005, James Comey was Deputy Attorney General of the United States. He represented the prosecution in the case of Adelphia Communications, the founders of which were found guilty of major fraud. Comey also led major prosecutorial investigations, one of which, Operation Wooden Coin, ended with the indictment of 47 market figures. They were suspected of organizing a major currency fraud.
In 2004, Comey became notorious for his refusal of the White House administration's demand to reopen the program of tracking citizens' phones and e-mails without court order.
In 2005, James Comey left the prosecutor's office and retired from public service. As an independent expert, he was attracted by large financial companies that had certain disagreements with the state. From 2005 to 2010, Comey was senior vice president of Lockheed Martin Corporation, then worked as a general adviser to Bridgewater Associates, an investment company.
Since the beginning of 2013, Comey has been a senior researcher at Columbia Law School and a member of the board of directors of the international bank HSBC.
On July 21, 2013, US President Barack Obama nominated James Comey for the post of director of the FBI. On July 30, 2013, the US Senate voted 93 to 1 to confirm James Comey as the new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
He succeeded FBI director Robert Mueller, who headed the department for 12 years.
The head of the FBI represents the Republican Party.
On May 9, 2017, President Donald Trump unexpectedly fired Comey as director of the FBI. Democratic officials said Comey's surprise firing was nothing more than an attempt to derail an FBI investigation into possible ties between Trump officials and Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.
James Comey accused US President Donald Trump of asking "leave alone" former adviser Michael Flynn and the investigation of his alleged ties with the Russian Federation during the presidential campaign. Comey made the announcement in an affidavit to the Senate, CNN reports.
Since the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year, he has been a professor at his alma mater, College of William and Mary, where he teaches a course on ethical leadership.
Quotes: "The Russian Federation poses the greatest threat of any country on Earth, given its intentions and its capabilities." About this he declared, speaking at Senate hearings, reports the BBC.
Family. James Comey is married and has five children.