Sunday, May 14, 2017

What’s Next for Comey? Probably Not ‘a Normal Job’

Few can boast of a résumé like James B. Comey’s: top federal prosecutor, chief lawyer for both the world’s largest defense contractor and the world’s biggest hedge fund, and most recently director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
There’s just one problem: He was fired by President Trump, who has called him a “showboat” and a “grandstander.”
So where does Mr. Comey go next?
The next act for a former top government official is typically a large financial firm, corporation or law firm. And those jobs, as well as teaching, remain strong possibilities for Mr. Comey. Still, his firing and the furor over his impact on last year’s presidential election could give some potential employers pause.
The same is not true for literary agents and publicists who try to get clients on the speaking circuit — the more controversial the better. And Mr. Comey brings with him plenty of controversy.
“I don’t know what his next job will be, but I can tell you there is a really big book in Comey if Comey wants to write about the facts,” said Robert Gottlieb, chairman of Trident Media Group, the literary agency.......
Not every potential employer would have qualms about hiring Mr. Comey. Indeed, being fired by Mr. Trump is a badge of honor in some quarters. And while Mr. Comey might not be a candidate to lobby the current administration, his experience with financial crime and cybersecurity would appeal to most Wall Street firms and corporations, recruitment executives said.
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Isn't scary that "The next act for a former top government official is typically a large financial firmcorporation or law firm?"


  1. I don't think that's scary at all. Where else is someone like this supposed to go? Are we supposed to bar him from employment because he knows too much?

    It is definitely an uncomfortable situation: the Director of the FBI being fired for doing his job, and now we face the possibility he ends up in the pocket of big money.

    Still though, everyone is in the pocket of big money these days. And I think we have a much bigger problem on our hands. Who and when is going to hire a private investigation of Donald Trump?

  2. The first thing that came to mind was a book, and so I laughed when I later read that other people think the same. If he absolutely cannot find employment, which he will, writing a book could be a lucrative next step.

  3. I agree whole heartedly with Nick. Its uncomfortable, but his experience makes him extremely qualified and fortunate enough to likely end up at one of those top firms. We should be more scared about why he was fired as that is still unclear to us.

  4. I think we should be more worried about, what chris has said, about why he was fired because it is still unknown. Even though he was fired, he has enough credentials to be hired by a top firm. I think he will be hired but the real question is if he can be trusted???

  5. This reminds me of the post earlier this term about Obama getting paid for a speech. The idea that government officials are meant to be "super-ethical" and are judged for making personally beneficial financial and job decisions after their time in office seems harsh.

  6. I definitely think that he'll find a job. Like others have already said, he has an impressive resume with a wide range of experience. It really just depends on what opportunities present themselves and what he feels the next logical step will be.

    1. I agree with Shanice! His credentials is more than enough to land a job for him.