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Live On Stage
Tuesday July 23 2024, 7pm BST

Former FBI Director James Comey on Trump, his new Crime Thriller and The Politics of Justice

Politics &

James Comey is the former FBI Director turned crime novelist who has spent a career fighting organised crime and hostile threats to American democracy. In 2016 as head of the FBI, he reopened a previously closed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time as Secretary of State. In 2017 he oversaw an investigation into then President Trump and his allies over possible collusion with Russia. That led to Trump firing him as FBI Director. 

On July 23 Comey comes to the Intelligence Squared stage for our first ever event in Brighton, where he will discuss the themes of his latest crime thriller Westport, which draws on his own experience as a prosecutor to tell a thrilling story of a lawyer investigating the mafia – who subsequently ends up on trial herself. He will also discuss the impending U.S election and how Donald Trump’s historic legal conviction will impact the country’s political climate.

by James Comey




James Comey

Former Director of the FBI and crime novelist. His new novel is Westport.

Director of the FBI from 2013 - 2017 until he was fired by President Donald Trump. He previously worked as an assistant district attorney in New York, prosecuting organised crime figures, and on terrorism cases as assistant DA in Virginia. He moved into federal law enforcement working in the FBI for many years. He is the author of books including A Higher Loyalty and thrillers Central Park West and the forthcoming Westport.