In an event co-sponsored by the School of Law, former FBI Director James Comey spoke to a large group of students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests at Seattle University as part of a national tour to promote his new book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.”
During his nearly two-hour appearance, Comey discussed numerous topics, ranging from his career as a U.S. Attorney for the Department of Justice to his service as FBI director under presidents Obama and Trump. He also addressed the controversy around the investigation into alleged Trump campaign ties to Russia, as well as the timing of his communications – during a critical period of the 2016 presidential campaign – regarding the probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email use.
Although Comey is primarily in the news because of his dismissal by President Donald J. Trump last year, he spent most of his time sharing his thoughts on leadership, gleaned from his long career in public service. In particular, he spoke about the critical importance of truth, especially for those in the legal profession. “We must send a message that the truth matters in the criminal justice system,” Comey said.
A theme throughout his speech was the importance of public service, and he encouraged young people, especially the students in attendance, to get involved in a variety of ways.
“The visit by James Comey was a remarkable way to end our academic year, providing the law school and broader university community with an up-close look at our national political scene and one of its most important players,” Annette Clark, dean of the law school, said.
The School of Law partnered with the School of Theology and Ministry and Elliott Bay Book Company to host Comey’s visit.