Comey, who has become the nation’s best-known law enforcement official due to constant national media attention on past and present FBI investigations, will be the featured speaker in a lecture series that has brought Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and other speakers to the main campus in Storrs.
Comey, who was fired in May 2017 by President Donald J. Trump, will speak during an event that begins at 7 p.m. at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. The speech is open to all UConn students, staff, and faculty, but not to the general public.
Clinton’s speech in 2014 became the highest profile in the Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issue Forum series because Clinton was paid $251,000 for her appearance. Since then, the university has hosted best-selling author and frequent television guest Michael Beschloss in 2016 and the Democrat-Republican combination of former U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle and former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott in 2017. Lott and Daschle travel around the country frequently and make joint appearances in front of audiences interested in their views on politics and current events.
Like the Clinton speech, the Comey event is privately funded by Fusco.
Comey will be paid about $100,000 for the speech, according to UConn.
Comey has been in the headlines on a constant basis related to his dealings with Trump. Comey has said publicly that Trump had suggested to him that he should end a federal investigation into Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Trump and Comey have had different interpretations on exactly what was said between them, and former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani recently said that Trump and Comey had “no conversation about Michael Flynn.’’