FBI Director James Comey Will be Interviewed at SXSW
FBI Director James Comey will be interviewed at the SXSW conference in Austin this year on March 13th. This would be the public’s first opportunity to really hear from Comey post-inauguration. The Washington, DC-based Newseum is hosting the talk, with the museum’s CEO Jeffrey Herbst interviewing the FBI director. The interview will focus on the “tensions between privacy and national security” and understanding the “challenges to our rights in the age of disruption.”
Comey is reportedly keeping his job at the FBI, which was in limbo before Donald Trump took office last week. The 10-year position is designed to overlap administrations, but the president has the power to fire a director. That said, Comey is going to be balancing a delicate relationship with the new president; his department is currently investigating Trump associates’ relationships to the Russian government over allegations that the country directly interfered with the 2016 election.
Meanwhile, the Justice Department announced earlier this month that it would be investigating an internal review of both the Justice Department and the FBI over its actions during this past election. In particular, the watchdog group is investigating Comey’s July press conference on Hillary Clinton’s email server, where he recommended against charges, as well as his decision to release a controversial letter to Congress just before the election.