Students Chant 'Get Out' During James Comey's Speech at Howard University


Comey joined the faculty of Howard in a part-time capacity this fall, filling the Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy.

They sang "We shall not be moved" and chanted call-and-response slogans including "We are here to reclaim this space" and 'No justice, no peace'.

Comey had to suspend his speech and told the protesters that he hoped they would listen to what he has to say, but the protesting continued.

In his remarks, Comey said he appreciated the demonstrators' "enthusiasm" but wishes they could understand "what a conversation is".

After a few moments, Comey appealed to the crowd to let him speak without interruptions. "I just listened to you for five minutes".

CNN reported earlier this week that Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller has requested the White House turn over any documents related to Comey's dismissal, as well as information connected to an Oval Office meeting in which Trump told Russian officials that firing Comey eased pressure on his White House. "So those kids having the opportunity to go back and forth with him, that's going to be awesome".

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The protesters never gave up, interrupting Comey over and over with shouts of 'Mic check!' in the style created by the Occupy Wall Street movement. And at the end of a conversation, we're both smarter. "I am here at Howard to try to get smarter, to try to be useful", Comey said. On September 22, he delivered the keynote address at convocation at Howard University.

According to a statement from Howard University, Comey is planning to forego the $100,000 compensation and instead donate it to a scholarship fund for the university that is dedicated to helping students from foster homes.

Freshman Howard student Nayla Hale, a member of HU Resist, said that students were specifically troubled by Comey's views on the so-called, "Ferguson effect", which suggests police officers use restraint out of concern over being videotaped during violent confrontations.

He was quoted as saying "Howard University reminds us that we have been through very tough times but we always overcome them".

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump abruptly fired Comey in May, spurring allegations that he was trying to thwart the FBI's investigation into Russia's alleged efforts to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. "The rest of the real world is a place where it's hard sometimes to find people who will listen with an attitude that they might actually be convinced of something".