Comey known for be­ing in­de­pen­dent, un­afraid

New Straits Times - - World -

He re­lent­lessly locked horns with Sil­i­con Val­ley as he sought to con­vince Ap­ple to un­lock a phone used by the per­pe­tra­tor of a ter­ror at­tack in Cal­i­for­nia.

Many top US gov­ern­ment ca­reers be­gin in New York, and Comey is no ex­cep­tion — he hails from the Man­hat­tan sub­urbs.

He cut his teeth as a fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor in New York and the Wash­ing­ton area.

In 2003, the fa­ther-of-five be­came deputy at­tor­ney gen­eral. The fol­low­ing year, he faced one of his tough­est show­downs, con­firm­ing his rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing in­de­pen­dent and un­afraid.

Comey had be­come act­ing at­tor­ney-gen­eral due to the ill­ness of his boss, John Ashcroft.

At Ashcroft’s bed­side, the pres­i­den­tial coun­sel to Ge­orge W. Bush, Al­berto Gon­za­les, was try­ing to per­suade him to reau­tho­rise a con­tro­ver­sial war­rant­less eaves­drop­ping pro­gramme.

Comey, who was against ex­tend­ing it, later re­vealed the in­ci­dent to sen­a­tors and un­leash­ing a po­lit­i­cal firestorm. AFP

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