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Comey to Convocate and Cash In

Former FBI Director James Comey (below) has scored a lucrative part-time lecture position at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Former FBI Director James Comey has accepted a part-time position at Howard University this year, where he'll be delivering a series of lectures 

Comey will refund his $100,000 haul from the “Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy” position to offer scholarships to students from foster homes entering the historically black university.

The first appearance for the much-maligned 2016 Trump victory architect will be the September convocation for students.

The ensuing five lecture topics “will be decided after the ex-FBI chief converses with student leaders and other campus stakeholders.”

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Meanwhile, in the longstanding tradition of Washington beneficiaries, Time reports:

Comey’s tenure at Howard University will coincide with the release of his widely anticipated book, which is expected to be published in the Spring of 2018.


According to Washington Examiner, Comey commanded the trust and approval of colleagues, as documented on score sheets from three years’ worth of FBI “internal memos” released to news organizations for fulfillment of FOIA requests (which the FBI, unlike the State Department, apparently honors).

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 3.81 or higher indicating success, Comey’s subordinates reportedly gave him at least a 3.81 on “nearly every item.” Grade inflation!

Comey received a score of 4.47 from employees when asked to grade the former director on the “trust and confidence” they have in him as a leader. The former FBI director received a 4.48 from subordinates on whether they would work for Comey again, and a 4.22 when asked if he is humble.


Employees gave Comey a score of 4.38 for being someone more interested in leading than being liked.

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The scores reportedly dipped slightly this year compared to 2016.

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: May 9: FBI Director Comey Fired

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Comey was replaced by Christopher Wray (above) at the FBI on August 2. Five Democratic Senators voted against Wray’s confirmation, including Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY).

Al Franken (MN) missed the vote.

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Senators High on Private Fly(ing)

Which Senators Spent the Most Taxpayer Money Flying in Private Planes?

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Hillary’s not a U.S. Senator from New York any more, but her Empire State colleagues have kept up her high-priced “private plane” habits.

American Media Institute reported this month that of the country’s 100 Senators, the top two private airplane plutocrats who blew public money on charter flight were the two members from New York: heir-apparent to Senate majority rule in November Chuck Schumer (D) (below) and Kristen Gillibrand (D) (above). They dropped $292,000 and over $150,000 respectively (2015 fiscal year).

Senator—and likely future Majority Leader—Charles Schumer.







John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) came in third with over $75,000.

Schumer and Gillibrand also accumulated the largest “credit card late fees” among any of the Senate’s members.

Schumer disclosed $2,600 and Gillibrand $3,474 in fees and charges to JP Morgan over the past fiscal year – usually a sign that the offices were late paying their credit card bills.

A Senator gets an annual office budger from $3,008,288 to $4,760,211, “based on a formula that considers the state’s population and distance from Washington, D.C., according to a Congressional Research Service study of office accounts released in February,” AMI reports.

AMI found really easy ways the Senators could have traveled like the little people and saved some money.

Schumer spent $4,707 in taxpayer funds to fly round-trip from New York to Albany in March of 2015, but United Airlines regularly makes that flight for less than $600 even if the ticket is purchased a few days before the trip.

Even more complicated flights – such as New York to Syracuse, Albany, Rochester and returning to New York in one day – cost $1,000 to $1,500, but Schumer regularly spent between $5,000 and $6,000 on such trips, records show.

Mr. Schumer employs Air Charter Express, LLC, based out of Rome, NY, for campaigning and constituent service. It has one plane, which seats six people. Michael Ezzo is the owner, and pilot.

The campaign flies for about half the cost as Schumer and his entourage do for campaign business.

The 37 flights listed on his campaign documents dating back to 2009 averaged $2,531, while the flights picked up by taxpayers from his Senate account last year averaged $5,524. The records do not list locations of travel, so a direct comparison is not possible.

Schumer’s campaign only paid for nine flights that cost more than $3,000 while the office account shows all the flights cost more than $3,000.

“Scheduling conflicts”were apparently a big deal for the busy New Yorker as well. A $3,269.50 flight in May 2015 was cancelled (but still paid for) at the last minute.

Sen. Gillibrand only flies in Zen Air planes. They have a variety of aircraft, but her records do not specify if she’s using the Cessnas or the jumbo jets. Her typical trip usually involves a $10,000 bill to taxpayers, however. This includes staff members who fly with her.

A trip in April 2015 for Gillibrand and two staffers from Washington, D.C. to Plattsburg, Rochester, Buffalo and back to D.C. cost taxpayers more than $15,000 – about $5,000 for her travel and $10,000 for staff. A similar itinerary on a travel website shows an economy fair of about $1,600 per person, a total of $4,800 with just a two-day advanced purchase.

Senator Barrasso notes long distances across the large state of Wyoming. But unlike his GOP colleague Mike Enzi (who used about $10,000 in total private planes in F.Y. 2015), Barrasso loves expensive charter flights.

Senator John Barrasso.

In the year ending last September, Barrasso charged taxpayers for $75,411 in charter flights. The charges included a $10,760.75 bill for a March 2015 flight around a half-dozen small cities in Wyoming and a $5,219.13 flight from Cody to Casper and back in September.

Travel websites show regular flights between Cody and Casper for less than $800 last-minute and even a direct flight by Linear Air Taxi for less than $2,000.


The most frugal senator was Alabama Republican Richard Shelby, who regularly sends an unspent portion of his annual appropriation back to the U.S. Treasury, keeping his staff small and his travel to a minimum. The taxpayers’ total cost for Shelby’s upkeep in 2015 came to about $1.7 million, records show.

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Flying High on the Taxpayer Dime: These Three Senators Bust the Budget on Air Travel