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Posted 22 September 2017 - 02:28 PM

Protesters interrupted former FBI Director James Comey’s remarks at Howard University’s convocation address on Friday, according to multiple reports.

Controversy

In recent months, Comey has come under fire from both sides of the political aisle.

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has frequently blamed Comey for her loss last November, arguing that it was his decision to re-open the bureau’s investigation into her use of a private email server as secretary of state that cost her the election.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump abruptly fired Comey in May, spurring allegations that he was trying to thwart the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s alleged efforts to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

 

After Comey left the FBI, Howard University, a historically black university in Washington, D.C., appointed him as its convocation keynote speaker and its Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy for the 2017-18 academic year. The school said Comey elected to give his entire salary as chair to a Howard scholarship fund benefiting students who grew up in foster care.

 
What happened at the ceremony?

According to CNN, as Comey began his remarks at the convocation ceremony — which marks the formal beginning of their academic year — protesters in the back of the audience began to shout slogans including: “Get out James Comey, you aren’t our homey,” “No justice, no peace,” and “We shall not be moved.”

According to Politico, Comey told the protesters, “I hope you’ll stay to listen to what I have to say, and I just listened to you for five minutes,” but they continued to chant. He delivered his address as protesters continued to chant.

“I love the enthusiasm of the young folks, I just wish they would understand what a conversation is. A conversation is where you speak and I listen, and then I speak and you listen,” the former FBI director said. “And then we go back and forth, and back and forth. And at the end of a conversation, we’re both smarter. I am here at Howard to try to get smarter, to try to be useful.”

CNN reported that the protesters were students at the school.

 

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