James Comey Jr.

James Comey Jr., who was named FBI director in September, speaks a news conerfence in El Paso Thursday, With him are representatives from other area law enforcement agencies. 

The new director of the FBI, James Comey Jr., was in town Thursday to meet with members of the El Paso FBI office and representatives from other local law enforcement agencies.

During a news conference at the FBI’s El Paso  headquarters, Comey said that while terrorism is the agency’s No.-1 priority, public corruption remains one of its top concerns.

Comey also said that public corruption, like that found during the FBI’s lengthy El Paso investigation, is an issue throughout the United States. One thing the FBI has learned, Comey said, is the importance of keeping up the pressure.

“If you find a culture that is corrupt or has a significant amount of corruption you have to stay after it to drive change into that culture,” he said.

Comey said he could not talk specifically about public corruption cases in El Paso or the cheating scandal at EPISD. But he said  the FBI would continue to be vigilant in its investigations.

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