FBI Director James Comey dismissed any possibility he wouldn't stick around to oversee his agency's investigation into Russian meddling in the US election, saying Wednesday he was intent to serve his entire 10-year term.
In a light-hearted moment, Comey assured the gathering that he plans to be around a while, having served just a third of his 10-year term. The FBI was not able to open 1,200 of those devices, about 43 percent, Comey said.
Comey did not address the larger matters in the news, such as President Donald Trump's allegations about his predecessor bugging his 2016 campaign.
Devices recovered, Comey added, in investigations of career criminals, pedophiles, gangs and terrorists.
"While Trump has derided the dossier as "fake news" compiled by his political opponents, the FBI's arrangement with Steele shows that the bureau considered him credible and found his information, while unproved, to be worthy of further investigation", the Post reported at the time. Herbst was quoted in a statement saying that, "While Director Comey is now unable to attend, we're still really excited that this important conversation will take place".
Speaking at the event hosted by Boston College, Comey explained that Americans should be wary of their privacy expectations.
Comey said he's always favored "strong encryption" but added that "it is making more and more of the room of what the FBI investigates dark".
Comey briefed Trump on the existence of the memo in a private meeting in January.
After the election, then President-elect Trump told CBS 60 Minutes that he was not sure if he would ask Comey to resign.
Trump and Comey have still not spoken since the President made his allegation, White House Press Secretary said at his daily press briefing Tuesday.