He’s probably the most controversial FBI director of our lifetimes, but he’s determined to stay on the job.
The Boston Globe caught Comey’s resolve as he spoke to Boston College:
The FBI director also suggested that he intends to fulfill his 10-year term at the head of the agency: “You’re stuck with me for about another six-and-a-half years,” he said.
The speech came against a fraught political backdrop that has featured various high-profile cyber security issues in recent days.
On Tuesday, WikiLeaks, the international platform that publishes classified government documents, released information, apparently from the Central Intelligence Agency, showing how the spy agency can hack into Internet-connected consumer electronics like smartphones and televisions.
The remarks also came four days after President Trump tweeted that his predecessor, Barack Obama, had wiretapped Trump Tower during the presidential campaign. It remains unclear what the president was referring to or what evidence backs up his claim, and according to media reports, Comey unsuccessfully asked the Department of Justice over the weekend to deny the accusation.
Whether or not Trump will maintain his confidence in Comey, remains to be seen. IJR reports:
As Comey was appointed in 2013 by Barack Obama — and FBI directors serve a term of 10 years — another six-and-a-half would take him squarely to the end of that term.
Even since Trump’s inauguration, however, Comey has found himself unable to stay out of the political spotlight, such as in his reaction to the president’s claims that Trump Tower was wiretapped by Obama.
Nonetheless, it seems that there is at least one person who doesn’t mind hearing that Comey will be sticking around for a while — the White House said Monday that, despite their public disagreement, President Trump still stands behind and has confidence in his FBI director.