On 60 Minutes, Scott Pelley interviews FBI director James Comey who says Americans should be “deeply skeptical of government power.” He added, “You cannot trust people in power. The founding fathers knew that.” Comey proceeds to talk about how Google and Apple are testing his agency and the plague of cybercrime, among other terrifying things.
What Comey doesn’t talk about is his past. Before joining the FBI, Comey was the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. In 2003, he led the prosecution of Martha Stewart for securities fraud and obstruction of justice. According to a New York Times Magazine article, historian Beverly Gage reported that Comey keeps a copy of the FBI request to wiretap Martin Luther King, Jr. on his desk. “As a reminder of the burerau’s capacity to do wrong,” he said. On a lighter note, here’s a fun fact: At 6’8”, Comey is the tallest member of the Obama administration, and the tallest FBI director in history. CBS will air the 60 Minutes interview with Director Comey on June 21 at 7pm.