Former FBI director has kept a low public profile since his firing by President Trump in May. He will give a five-lecture series at the historically black institution in the capital.
Former FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to deliver a convocation address at Howard University in Washington, D.C., next month, NPR reports. It is part of a series of lectures he has been invited to give during the coming academic year at the historically black college. Comey will consult with student leaders and others on campus to develop ideas for his five-lecture series. He agreed to donate his compensation of $100,000 as the school’s King Endowed Chair in Public Policy to a scholarship fund for students who come from foster homes. This year, Comey invited university President Wayne Frederick to address FBI employees, part of an effort Comey made to diversify the ranks of the overwhelmingly white and male agency.
Comey kept a low public profile since his firing by President Trump in May. The former Justice Department leader and federal prosecutor told senators that he believed he was fired to relieve pressure on the White House over the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in last year’s election. The other explanations from the president, Comey testified, were “lies, plain and simple.” Trump had cited what he said was Comey’s unpopularity within the FBI and recommendations from the Justice Department, among other reasons. Recently, the FBI released employee surveys indicating that Comey enjoyed broad support from staff and agents.