James Comey is no new personality in the American political institution especially as it relates to the emergence of Donald Trump as America’s 45th President. However, he has been up in the news lately following his dismissal as the Director-General of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), just four years into his ten years term.
Prior to his dismissal, Comey has served or overseen several high-profile cases some of which include the investigations into Saudi Arabia’s Khobar Towers bombing and the prosecution of Martha Stewart. However, the Trump-Comey feud has raised people’s interest in knowing more about the former FBI chief, including his family, net worth and even his height. Here’s what we know about James Comey so far.
Who is James Comey?
Born on December 14, 1960, the American lawyer and former FBI director is a Yonkers, New York native and son to his parents Joan Marie Comey and J. Brien Comey. Also known as the grandson of the former commissioner of the Yonkers Police Department, William J. Comey, James is of Irish heritage. He had his college education at the College of William and Mary, where he majored in chemistry and religion, he graduated in 1982. As for his Juris Doctor (JD), he obtained it in 1985, from the University of Chicago Law School.
James Comey launched into his career in 1985 just after his time at the Chicago Law School. He started as a law clerk for John M. Walker Jr. who at the time was the US District Judge in Manhattan before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office and working for the Southern District of New York for a period of six years (between 1987 to 1993). Within this period, he also served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division.
James served as the U.S. Attorney assistant between 1996 and 2001 and then served briefly as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, before he was confirmed Deputy Attorney General on December 11, 2003, under America’s 43rd President, George W. Bush. Following his efficiencies as a Deputy Attorney General, Barack Obama who became the 44th president nominated him as FBI’s director and it was comfirmed by the Senate to serve in that position for ten full years beginning from September 4, 2013.
While serving as the 7th Director-General of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Comey raised his concerns over some critical issues in the country including the “unfair” treatment of the black Americans by the Police, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, among many others. He even presided over the investigation into Hillary Clinton‘s use of a private email server during her service as the Secretary of State. Comey was eventually dismissed from his work on May 9, 2017. Donald Trump, the U.S 45th president had in a letter sent to Comey, stated his agreement to the Justice Department’s judgement that he cannot lead the Bureau effectively.
James Comey’s Family Life: Who are His Wife and Kids?
James Comey does have a lovely family. He is married to Patrice Failor an American by descent and a strong advocate for foster children. Comey first met Failor at the Williams and Mary College in Virginia in 1978, which they both attended. While James claimed he was first introduced to Patricia by a close friend and she suggested to him to runs for President of his dorm council, Patricia says she had seen him first at a cocktail party. After a long talk between the two, Failor apparently was the first to know her husband was in love with her. They eventually got married in 1987 after they both graduated from college.
The two has been living together as a couple for over the decades and counting. Within these periods, they’ve had five lovely children together- actually, they are six, but one, their son named Collin died when he was just 9 days old. The rest of the children include four daughters namely Abby, Claire, Kate and Maurene, and a son named Brien.
How Tall is James Comey?
Nicknamed Jim, Comey is a very tall man. He is 6 feet, 8 inches tall which is equal to 2.03meters. He is as tall as his son Brien who played basketball at Kenyon College in Ohio. With a moss green eye colour and dark brown hair, Jim’s body weighs 110kg.
Details of His Net Worth
Following the 2013 documents sent to the Senate while he was being cross-examined for the FBI position, James has a net worth of $11 million and as an FBI director, he was paid $172,100 salary. His $11 million net worth included their family property in Westport, Connecticut which they bought for $3 million but sold in 2017 for $2.5 million. his net worth appeared to have increased recently following the release of his book A Higher Loyalty, which earned him about $2 million more, it is, therefore, safe to say his net worth stands at around $14 million.