Are you a fan of those FBI movies, well, this guy is the real deal? If you’re into that stuff, then James Comey’s name should ring a bell. In fact, James Comey is quite well known in American politics as the former director of the FBI. But what many aren’t aware of is that he’s also unbelievably tall! At 6’8″ the man stands a full two inches taller than Michael Jordan, although James has said several times that he was never much of an athlete growing up.
Facts About James Comey (Including His Height)
James Comey (who frequently uses his Twitter account, @Comey) was born December 14th, 1960 to James Brien Comey Sr. and Joan Comey. James Sr. was a wealthy real estate developer who pushed his son early on to think critically and question everyone’s intentions, which Comey believes cemented his career in law early on. James Jr. began his professional career as the Assistant US Attorney for southern New York.
After a six-year stint, he moved onto a private law practice specializing in criminal defense law. In 1996, he was asked to join the Deputy Special Counsel of the Special Committee to Investigate Whitewater Development Corporation and Related Matters which centered around the Clinton family. After being lauded for his excellent handling of the investigation, James began to move through the ranks of the U.S. Government, where he eventually landed his most notable job as director of the FBI.
An interesting fact about James Comey is that he might have affected the 2016 presidential election by harming then-nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton. At the time Comey was the director of the FBI. During this period, he chose to reopen the investigation into criminal accusations against Hillary Clinton.
This almost certainly affected her poll numbers as well as her public image in those crucial few months leading up to the election. James Comey has touched on this topic a few times in the following years, admitting that he may have been swayed unfairly by personal politics.
During his time in William & Mary College, James Comey majored in both religion and chemistry. He credits this dual discipline for helping him understand the subjective nature of information collection, something that he says served him well throughout his years in the FBI.
Speaking of his government prosecution work, many individuals would be shocked to learn that James Comey was the individual responsible for bringing criminal charges against Martha Stewart in 2003, which lead to her eventual conviction in 2004 and subsequent time in prison.
James also briefly served as the U.S. Attorney General. Originally acting as Deputy Attorney General under John Ashcroft, he moved into acting Attorney General when Ashcroft fell ill in 2004. During this period he famously argued against portions of the Bush Administration’s wiretapping activities.
When members of Bush’s cabinet tried to circumvent the objections raised by Comey, criminal charges were brought forth eventually ending the careers of two top Bush staffers. When questioned about it recently, Comey simply said: “I was very angry.”
Another interesting facet to James Comey’s career climb is that when he was confirmed as FBI director, the U.S. Senate voted almost unanimously in favor of him. The single vote cast against him was by Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.
2017 and 2018 have been exciting years for James Comey. He famously admitted to leaking FBI memos during conversations with President Trump, almost all of which contained multiple pieces of classified information. Since then, it’s also been discovered that Comey lied at a Senate Judicial hearing in 2017 regarding the same incidents. The circumstances surrounding these allegations are still developing as of 2018.
Interview With CNN
Comey ended up sitting down with CNN to discuss everything. Watch this video to hear what was talked about.
From FBI To Professor
In January of this year, Comey began teaching a three-credit course at William & Mary College that centers around ethical leadership. A few months later, his official memoir “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership” was released, initially enjoying strong sales.