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You're stuck with me another 6½ years.feedback
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Oct 04 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which James Comey is associated, including FBI, Congress, and testimony. Most recently, James Comey has been quoted saying: “The rest of the real world is a place where it's hard sometimes to find people who will listen with an attitude that they might actually be convinced of something. Instead, what happens in most of the real world - and about four rows in this auditorium - is that people don't listen at all. They just try to figure out what rebuttal they're going to offer when you're done speaking.” in the article Protesters chant, boo through Comey university address.
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James Comey quotes

Jul 10 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

I immediately prepared an unclassified memo of the conversation about Flynn and discussed the matter with FBI senior leadership.feedback

Jul 10 2017

I knew there might come a day when I would need a record of what had happened, not just to defend myself, but to defend the FBI and our integrity as an institution and the independence of our investigative function.feedback

Jun 23 2017

Maybe if I were stronger, I would have.feedback

Jun 23 2017 - Trump Presidency

I hung up, called Director Mueller and – with whom I'd been discussing this particular matter and had been a great help to me over that week – and told him what was happening. He said, I'll meet you at the hospital right now.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Russia

We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Twitter

Without the tweets, I wouldn't be here.feedback

Jun 11 2017 - Trump Presidency

I knew there might come a day when I needed a record of what happened.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - Russia

They will be back. Something about the way I was conducting the Russia investigation was ... putting pressure on him ... irritating him. That is a very big deal, and not just because it involves me. The nature of the FBI and the nature of its work requires that it not be the subject of political consideration.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - Russia

I take the president at his word, that I was fired because of the Russia investigation.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - Russia

I'm not going to comment on whether that happened in an open setting. But the ... primary risk is obvious: You spare the Russians the cost and effort of having to break into our communications channels by using theirs. And so you make it a whole lot easier for them to capture all of your conversations, and then to use those to the benefit of Russia against the United States.feedback

Jun 10 2017

I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document. I knew that there might come a day when I would need a record of what had happened, not just to defend myself, but to defend the FBI. Lordy, I hope there are tapes. There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever. The Russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle. They did it with purpose. They did it with sophistication. They did it with overwhelming technical efforts. And it was an active-measures campaign driven from the top of that government.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

If, as the president said, I was fired because of the Russia investigation, why was the attorney general involved in that chain? I don't know.feedback

Jun 09 2017

That concerned me because that language tracked how the campaign was talking about the FBI's work and that's concerning. We had an investigation open at the time so that gave me a queasy feeling.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Trump Presidency

Lordy, I hope there are tapes. It's a great question. Maybe if I were stronger I would have. I was so stunned by the conversation, I just took it in.feedback

Jun 09 2017

I took it as a direction. I remained alone with the president-elect to brief him on some personally sensitive aspects of the information assembled during the assessment.feedback

Jun 09 2017

We remain that shining city on the hill.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Trump Presidency

When I was appointed F.B.I. director in 2013, I understood that I served at the pleasure of the president.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Trump Presidency

I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Trump Presidency

I've tried to be open, fair, transparent and accurate.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Trump Presidency

Yes. It rings in my ear as, well, Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Twitter

I had to call my wife and break a date with her. I was supposed to take her out to dinner that night.feedback

Jun 08 2017

We had an investigation open at the time so that gave me a queasy feeling.feedback

Jun 08 2017

The media was camping at the end of my driveway at that point and I was actually going out of town with my wife to hide and I worried it would be like feeding seagulls at the beach if it was I who gave that to the media.feedback

Jun 08 2017

He called me at my desk at lunchtime and asked if I was free for dinner that night … I hung up and had to call my wife and break a date with her. I was supposed to take her out to dinner that night. In retrospect, I love spending time with my wife, I wish I had been with her that night.feedback

Jun 08 2017

Again, I could be wrong. . . . Again, it's my impression . . . .feedback

Jun 08 2017

I was a bit stunned and didn't have the presence of mind. Captain Courageous.feedback

Jun 08 2017

I mean, this is the president of the United States, with me alone, saying, I hope' this. I took it as, this is what he wants me to do.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

It's my judgment that I was fired because of the Russia investigation. I was fired in some way to change, or the endeavor was to change, the way the Russia investigation was being conducted.feedback

Jun 08 2017

If there are tapes, it's not just my word against his.feedback

Jun 08 2017

I took it as a direction.feedback

Jun 08 2017

What had just happened–[Sessions] being asked to leave while the FBI Director, who reports to the AG, remained behind–was inappropriate and should never happen.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

He "immediately prepared an unclassified memo of the conversation about Flynn.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

No. What was odd about it was he had already asked twice about it. My common sense here is he's looking to get something in exchange in response to my request that I stay on my job. You're not supposed to be peeking outside to see if your patron is pleased at what you're doing. My sense is the attorney general knew he should not have been leaving ... which is why he lingered.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

The President then returned to the topic of Mike Flynn, saying, He is a good guy and has been through a lot.' He repeated that Flynn hadn't done anything wrong on his calls with the Russians, but had misled the Vice President. I remember thinking this is a very disturbing development really important to our work. I need to document it.feedback

Jun 08 2017

I'm a little confused, senator.feedback

Jun 08 2017

That's possible, but it was so out of context that I didn't have a clear view of what it was.feedback

Jun 08 2017

I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, so I thought it really important to document. I knew there might come a day when I might need a record of what happened not only to defend myself but to protect the FBI.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Trump Presidency

I don't know. That's Bob Mueller's job to sort that out.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Trump Presidency

That's why we kept it so tight.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Russia

I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct. I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning. But that's a conclusion I'm sure the special counsel will work towards to try and understand what the intention was there and whether that's an offense.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Trump Presidency

He's learning as he goes.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

I had understood the president to be requesting that we drop any investigation of Flynn in connection with false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December. I did not understand the president to be talking about the broader investigation into Russia or possible links to his campaign… Regardless, it was very concerning, given the FBI's role as an independent investigative agency.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Russia

I replied that I had passed his request to the Acting Deputy Attorney General, but I had not heard back. He replied that 'the cloud' was getting in the way of his ability to do his job.feedback

Jun 08 2017

There should be no fuzz on this. The Russians interfered. That happened. It's about as unfake as you can possibly get.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Trump Presidency

I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, so I thought it really important to document. I knew there might come a day when I might need a record of what happened not only to defend myself but to protect the FBI. That's a great question. Maybe if I were stronger I would have. I was so stunned by the conversation I just took it in. The statue of justice has a blindfold on because you're not supposed to be peeking out to see whether your patron is pleased or not with what you're doing.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Russia

After discussing the matter, we decided to keep it very closely held, resolving to figure out what to do with it down the road as our investigation progressed.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Trump Presidency

Throughout history, some presidents have decided that because 'problems' come from Justice, they should try to hold the Department close ... But blurring those boundaries ultimately makes the problems worse by undermining public trust in the institutions and their work.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

He then said, I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.feedback

Jun 08 2017

In the main, it was not true.feedback

Jun 08 2017

I'm a little confused. With respect to Secretary Clinton, we investigated a criminal investigation in connection with her use of a personal email server.feedback

Jun 08 2017

There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever. The Russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle. They did it with purpose. They did it with sophistication. They did it with overwhelming technical efforts. … It is a high confidence judgment of the entire intelligence community. ... It's not a close call.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Russia

They're coming after America ... They want to undermine our credibility in the face of the world.feedback

Jun 08 2017

They're coming after America, which I hope we all love equally.feedback

Jun 08 2017

It was the honour of my life to serve beside you, to be part of the FBI family, and I will miss it for the rest of my life. Thank you for standing watch. Thank you for doing so much good for this country. Do that good as long as ever you can. I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning, but that's a conclusion I'm sure the special counsel will work towards to try and understand what the intention was there, and whether that's an offence.feedback

Jun 07 2017

My instincts told me that the one-on-one setting, and the pretense of that this was our first discussion of my position, meant the dinner was, at least in part, an effort to have me ask for my job and create some sort of patronage relationship.feedback

Jun 07 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

During the dinner, the President returned to the salacious material I had briefed him about on January 6, and, as he had done previously, expressed his disgust for the allegations and strongly denied them. He said he was considering ordering me to investigate the alleged incident to prove it didn't happen. I replied that he should give that careful thought because it might create a narrative that we were investigating him personally, which we weren't, and because it was very difficult to prove a negative.feedback

Jun 07 2017 - Trump Presidency

The FBI and the Department of Justice had been reluctant to make public statements that we did not have an open case on President Trump for a number of reasons, most importantly because it would create a duty to correct, should that change.feedback

Jun 07 2017 - Trump Presidency

I didn't move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed. We simply looked at each other in silence. Throughout history, some Presidents have decided that because 'problems' come from Justice, they should try to hold the Department close. But blurring those boundaries ultimately makes the problems worse by undermining public trust in the institutions and their work. It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.feedback

Jun 07 2017

I explained that we had briefed the leadership of Congress on exactly which individuals we were investigating and that we had told those Congressional leaders that we were not personally investigating President Trump. I reminded him I had previously told him that. He repeatedly told me, We need to get that fact out.feedback

Jun 07 2017

It makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election.feedback

Jun 07 2017 - Russia

This Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story.feedback

Jun 07 2017

I can recall nine one-on-one conversations with President Trump in four months–three in person and six on the phone. That was true; we did not have an open counter-intelligence case on him. We agreed I should do so if circumstances warranted. During our one-on-one meeting at Trump Tower, based on President-Elect Trump's reaction to the briefing and without him directly asking the question, I offered that assurance.feedback

Jun 06 2017

People can disagree, can agree, but they will at least understand that the decision was made and the recommendation was made the way you would want it to be – by people who didn't give a hoot about politics, who cared about what are the facts, what is the law.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Trump Presidency

In a legal sense, we're not independent of the Department of Justice. We are spiritually, culturally pretty independent group, and that's the way you would want it.feedback

Jun 01 2017 - Russia

While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.feedback

May 24 2017

The subject is classified, and in an appropriate forum I'd be happy to brief you on it. But I can't do it in an open hearing.feedback

May 22 2017

It's a turning point if they think it will lead to worse things for Trump. If it's better, you get a little bit of a relief rally.feedback

May 19 2017 - Russia

I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off.feedback

May 17 2017

The president just took me into his private office for a 15 minute one on one talk. Told him he was being misled and poorly served. We had a very full and frank exchange.feedback

May 16 2017

We're not on anybody's side, ever. We're not considering whose ox will be gored by this action or that action, whose fortunes will be helped by this or that – we just don't care and we can't care.feedback

May 12 2017

I knew this would be disastrous for me personally. You are right there is a clear story to tell – one that folks willing to actually listen will readily grasp – but I'm not ready to tell it just yet for a variety of reasons.feedback

May 12 2017

The Russians may have a harder time guessing.feedback

May 12 2017 - Russia

In fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story. It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.feedback

May 11 2017

I have said to you before that, in times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence. What makes leaving the FBI hard is the nature and quality of its people, who together make it that rock for America.feedback

May 11 2017

I have a fabulous staff at all levels and one of my junior lawyers said, should you consider that what you're about to do may help elect Donald Trump president. And I said, thank you for raising that, not for a moment because down that path lies the death of the FBI as an independent institution in America. I can't consider for a second whose political fortunes will be affected in what way.feedback

May 10 2017

You can call us wrong, but don't call us weasels. We are not weasels. Whether or not you agree with the result, this was done the way you want it to be done.feedback

May 10 2017

It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.feedback

May 10 2017

I have no information that supports those tweets.feedback

May 09 2017

No charges are appropriate. Although there is evidence of potential violations regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.feedback

May 09 2017

I can't consider for a second whose political futures will be affected and in what way. We have to ask ourselves what is the right thing to do and then do it.feedback

May 09 2017

We didn't have any indication that she had a sense that what she was doing was in violation of the law. Couldn't prove any sort of criminal intent.feedback

May 09 2017

…If I said that, I misspoke. She forwarded hundreds and thousands of emails, some of which contain classified information.feedback

May 09 2017

I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.feedback

May 09 2017 - Russia

This is Nixonian. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein must immediately appoint a special counsel to continue the Trump/Russia investigation. I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey's termination ... His dismissal, I believe, is a loss for the bureau and the nation.feedback

May 06 2017 - Wiretapping

This is a tool that is essential to the safety of this country. I did not say the same thing about the collection of telephone dialing information by the N.S.A. I think that's a useful tool; 702 is an essential tool, and if it goes away, we'll be less safe as a country. And I mean that.feedback

May 06 2017

I think one of the lessons that the Russians may have drawn from this is that this works. I expect to see them to come back in 2018, and especially in 2020.feedback

May 03 2017

Look this was terrible, it makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election, but honestly, it wouldn't change the decision. Concealing in my view would be catastrophic, not just to the FBI, but well beyond.feedback

May 03 2017

Well, certainly in my view the greatest threat of any nation on earth given their intention and their capability.feedback

May 03 2017

I can't consider for a second whose political fortunes would be affected.feedback

May 03 2017

It makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election but honestly it wouldn't change the decision. I've had a lot of rocks thrown at me but I've done the right thing. I don't have any regrets. I was looking at two doors marked 'speak' and 'conceal'. I prayed to find a third door but I couldn't. Speak' would be really bad. There's an election days away. Lordy, that would be really bad. Not for a moment. Because down that path lies the death of the FBI as an independent institution in America.feedback

May 03 2017

This was terrible. It makes me mildly nauseous to think we might have had some impact on the election ... I would make the same decision. I have to go with really bad.feedback

May 03 2017

I sat there that morning and could not see a door labeled, No action here.feedback

May 03 2017

I could see two doors, and they were both actions. One was labeled 'Speak'; the other was labeled 'Conceal. Everybody who disagrees with me has to come back to Oct. 28 with me and stare at this and tell me what you would do. Would you speak or would you conceal? And I could be wrong, but we honestly made a decision between those two choices.feedback

May 03 2017

I believe what I said: There was not a prosecutable case there.feedback

May 03 2017

I don't know yet. But if I find out that people were leaking information about our investigations, whether to reporters or private parties, there will be severe consequences.feedback

Apr 21 2017

This kind of behavior is not a prank, and it isn't harmless. It's a federal crime. It scares innocent people, disrupts entire communities and expends limited law enforcement resources.feedback

Apr 12 2017

We cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts. All the cases prosecuted involved some combination of: clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information; or vast quantities of materials exposed in such a way as to support an inference of intentional misconduct; or indications of disloyalty to the United States; or efforts to obstruct justice. We do not see those things here.feedback

Apr 11 2017 - Wiretapping

It is a pain in the neck to get permission to conduct electronic surveillance in the United States. And that's good,'' he told an audience at the University of Texas in Austin.feedback

Apr 01 2017

I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts.feedback

Mar 30 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

When you are given immunity, that means you have probably committed a crime.feedback

Mar 28 2017

I would not underestimate the weight that we, as Americans, assign to the Russian attempts to interfere with our internal political processes.feedback

Mar 25 2017 - Democratic Party

They turned on the emergency equipment and drove very quickly to the hospital. I got out of the car and ran up, literally ran up the stairs.feedback

Mar 21 2017

[The FBI is] investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts.feedback

Mar 21 2017

I was angry. I thought I just witnessed an effort to take advantage of a very sick man, who did not have the powers of the attorney general because they had been transferred to me.feedback

Mar 21 2017

What the College taught me was to think well and try to understand other points of view. It really lit a fire in me to do something to help other people.feedback

Mar 21 2017

There's a whole lot out there that is false. And I suppose some of it could be people lying to reporters. I think that probably happens. But more often than not, it's people who – who act like they know when they really don't know. Because they're not the people who actually know the secrets; they're one or two hops out, and they're passing along things they think they know.feedback

Mar 21 2017

They'll back in 2020. They may be back in 2018 and one of the lessons they may draw from this is that they were successful, because they introduced chaos and division and discord and sowed doubt about the nature of this amazing country of ours and or democratic process.feedback

Mar 20 2017

With respect to the president's tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets.feedback

Mar 20 2017

We have to build bridges with others and work with others to be more secure. Otherwise, what do you do? You build walls? What do you do?feedback

Mar 20 2017 - US, Russia relations

I'm not going to confirm there was a conversation. How do you know that? I can't comment. I can't answer that.feedback

Mar 20 2017 - Russia

Because it is an open, ongoing investigation and is classified, I cannot say more about what we are doing and whose conduct we are examining.feedback

Mar 20 2017

Please don't draw any conclusions from the fact that I may not be able to comment on certain topics. I know speculating is part of human nature, but it really isn't fair to draw conclusions simply because I say that I can't comment.feedback

Mar 20 2017

I know that is extremely frustrating to some folks, but it is the way it has to be for reasons that I hope you and the American people can understand. The FBI is very careful in how we handle information about our cases and about the people we are investigating.feedback

Mar 20 2017

I've read a whole lot of stuff, especially in the last two months, that's just wrong. But I can't say which is wrong. We'll give information to our adversaries that way. We not only have no obligation to correct that; we can't. It's very, very frustrating, but we can't start down that road.feedback

Mar 20 2017 - Wiretapping

We just cannot do our work well or fairly if we start talking about it while we're doing it.feedback

Mar 20 2017 - Russia

Whoever the Red Raiders are playing, you want the Red Raiders to win, by definition, you want their opponent to lose.feedback

Mar 20 2017 - Russia

This is one of those circumstances.feedback

Mar 20 2017

He "would never comment on investigations – whether we have one or not – in an open forum like this.feedback

Mar 20 2017

That includes the nature of any links of individuals associated with the Trump campaign and Russia. This will also include whether any crimes were committed.feedback

Mar 09 2017 - Iran

Bob went missing in Iran. Ten years is an inhumane amount of time to ask a family to wait for word of their loved one. Our ability to reunite Bob with his family is dependent on this shared commitment and we continue to call on the Iranian government to provide assistance.feedback

Mar 09 2017 - Trump Tower

We request that the Department of Justice provide us copies of any warrant applications and court orders ... related to wiretaps of President Trump, the Trump campaign, or Trump Tower.feedback

Mar 08 2017

We need to stop bumper-stickering each other. This isn't the 'FBI versus Apple'. We need to build trust between the government and private sector. We are dogged people. We just gave up on D.B. Cooper, and that was after 50 years.feedback

Mar 08 2017

You're stuck with me for another six and a half years.feedback

Mar 08 2017

You're stuck with me for another 6-1/2 years.feedback

Mar 08 2017

You're stuck with me for another 6½ years. The cyberthreats we face are enormous. I don't know if we can stay ahead of them. And I think to say otherwise would be hubris. We need to ensure that cybersecurity is a priority for every enterprise in the United States at all levels. We need to get better and faster at sharing information in the appropriate ways. We need to make sure we have the right people on board to help fight that threat, and we need to build trust between the government and the private sector.feedback

Mar 08 2017

All of us have a reasonable expectation of privacy in our homes, in our cars, and in our devices. But it also means with good reason, in court, government through law enforcement can invade our private spaces. Even our memories aren't private. Any of us can be compelled to say what we saw … In appropriate circumstances, a judge can compel any of us to testify in court on those private communications.feedback

Jan 12 2017

I hope very much he is able to share his conclusions and observations with the public because everyone will benefit from thoughtful evaluation and transparency regarding this matter.feedback

Jan 10 2017

We did not develop any evidence that the Trump campaign, or the current RNC, was successfully hacked.feedback

Dec 18 2016

I don't want my, the F.B.I.'s name on that.feedback

Nov 16 2016

We need to do a better job of tracking and reporting hate crime to fully understand what is happening in our communities and how to stop it.feedback

Nov 06 2016

I am very grateful to the professionals at the FBI for doing an extraordinary amount of high-quality work in a short period of time.feedback

Oct 31 2016

In previous congressional testimony, I referred to the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had completed its investigation of former Secretary Clinton's personal email server. Due to recent developments, I am writing to supplement my previous testimony.feedback

Oct 29 2016

That night was probably the most difficult night of my professional life.feedback

Oct 29 2016

I'm not against videotaping police, I'm not against scrutiny. We get better that way. What I'm asking is, is there something unintentional affecting our communities that is contributing to the spike in violent crime?feedback

Oct 29 2016

Creating "a misleading impression. We don't ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed. I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record.feedback

Oct 29 2016

I haven't seen anything that would come near to that kind of situation.feedback

Oct 29 2016

I am going to include more detail about our process than I ordinarily would, because I think the American people deserve those details in a case of intense public interest.feedback

Oct 28 2016

The FBI could not yet assess "whether or not this material may be significant," or how long it might take to run down the new investigative leads.feedback

Oct 17 2016

I want the American people to know we really did this the right way. You can disagree with us, but you cannot fairly say we did it in any kind of political way. We don't carry water for anybody. We were trying to do what the right thing is.feedback

Oct 17 2016

Our officers see the videos. They desperately do not want to be in one. They think about that all the time.feedback

Oct 17 2016

And so into the chasm, into that gap of distrust, fall more dead young black men. In places like Chicago, we know what the chasm looks like and how much pain it causes.feedback

Oct 16 2016

It is a narrative driven by video images of real and gut-wrenching misconduct, by images of possible misconduct, by images of perceived misconduct. It's a narrative given force by the awesome power of human empathy.feedback

Oct 06 2016

That isn't dispositive for us because they'll claim responsibility for any savagery they can get their name on.feedback

Sep 28 2016

You can call us wrong, but don't call us weasels. We are not weasels.feedback

Sep 27 2016

The FBI's collective judgment was that "we need to get to that laptop.feedback

Sep 26 2016

Information that is accurate, reliable, complete and timely will help all of us learn where we have problems and how to get better.feedback

Sep 14 2016

Just because you can't see something doesn't mean your government's not doing something.feedback

Sep 08 2016

We will pay the bill. They go outside. They get a doctor. They get a prescription.feedback

Sep 08 2016

I was for something, but I wasn't for what we have right now.feedback

Sep 02 2016

The FBI did find that hostile foreign actors successfully gained access to the personal email accounts of individuals with whom Clinton was in regular contact and in doing so obtained emails sent to or received by Clinton on her personal account.feedback

Jul 07 2016

He "would not comment on existence or non-existence of any other investigations.feedback

Jul 07 2016

Should've known, must've known, has to know does not get you there. You have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt. No Justice Department, whether under Democrats or Republicans, would prosecute that case.feedback

Jul 06 2016

There is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information. In looking back at our investigations, into the mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts.feedback

Jul 05 2016

However the information was "marked," participants who know or should know that the subject matter is classified "are still obligated to protect it.feedback

Jun 13 2016

As for whether there was anything the FBI should have done differently, so far, the honest answer is, I don't think so.feedback

May 20 2016

So far at least we have no claim of responsibility or evidence that this was an intentional act.feedback

May 19 2016

We think the payoff from the publicity has diminished over time. That's our criteria: Can we make a difference in this case with the publicity?feedback

Apr 21 2016

A lot, more than I will make in the remainder of this job, which is seven years and four months, for sure. But it was in my view worth it.feedback

Apr 07 2016

If we decide not to disclose it to Apple, it's still quite perishable and it will disappear if Apple changes its software in some way. It will also disappear if we use it in a criminal case and then it has to be disclosed.feedback

Apr 07 2016

Someone outside the government, in response to that attention, came up with a solution, one that I am confident will be closely protected and used lawfully and appropriately. the government "purchased" the tool.feedback

Apr 07 2016

What if law enforcement had a phone owned by somebody that abducted your sister? Or a phone used by a suicide bomber who blew up the train station in your home town?feedback

Mar 01 2016

If I didn't do that, I ought to be fired, honestly. I don't know the number. A lot. And they're all different which is what makes it hard to talk about any one case.feedback

Feb 26 2016

I want to be sure people understand there are no demons in this dispute or the larger dispute. Apple has been very cooperative. We just got to a place where they were no willing to offer the relief that the government was asking for.feedback

Feb 26 2016

I love privacy and, when I hear corporations saying 'We are going to take you to a world where no one can look at your stuff', part of me thinks, that's great, I do not want anyone looking at my stuff, . And then, I step back and say, you know, law enforcement, which I am part of, really does save people's lives, rescue kids, rescue neighbourhoods from terrorists, and we do that a whole lot through court orders that are search warrants, and we do it a whole lot through search warrants of mobile devices.feedback

Feb 09 2016

Overwhelmingly this is a problem that local law enforcement sees.feedback

Feb 09 2016

There are no clues except for the phone there, and they still can't open it.feedback

May 27 2015

This may be the way things are, but this is not the way things have to be.feedback

Jan 09 2014 - Al-Qaeda

We've had great success against core Al Qaeda in the Af-Pak region.feedback

Jan 09 2014 - Al-Qaeda

We are focused on trying to figure out what our people are up to, who should be spoken to, who should be followed, who should be charged. I mean, it's hard for me to characterize beyond that. It's something we are intensely focused on.feedback

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