FBI di­rec­tor has no plans to step down

Austin American-Statesman - - MORE OF TODAY’S TOP NEWS - By Chris Strohm

FBI Di­rec­tor James BOS­TON — Comey sig­naled he has no plans to re­sign de­spite once again be­ing at the cen­ter of a po­lit­i­cal storm this time — over probes into Rus­sian hack­ing of the 2016 elec­tion and his re­quest that Jus­tice De­part­ment of­fi­cials re­ject Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s claims that his pre­de­ces­sor “tapped” his phones.

“You’re stuck with me for about another six and a half years,” Comey said Wed­nes­day at a cy­ber­se­cu­rity con­fer­ence in Bos­ton, re­fer­ring to the time re­main­ing in his 10-year ap­point­ment to the post.

Trump claimed — with­out of­fer­ing ev­i­dence — in tweets on Satur­day that for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama had wire­tapped his phones at Trump Tower in New York dur­ing the cam­paign, a charge re­futed by Obama aides and for­mer Di­rec­tor of Na­tional In­tel­li­gence James Clap­per. Comey wanted the Jus­tice De­part­ment to pub­licly re­but the claim, ac­cord­ing to a U.S. of­fi­cial who re­quested anonymity in or­der to dis­cuss sen­si­tive is­sues, but the de­part­ment so far has re­mained silent.

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