FBI Director James Comey was honored last night by a group whose board includes several people with longtime ties to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, including the CEO of the National Enquirer and a convicted felon who goes by the nickname “Joey No Socks,” the Associated Press reports. Comey, already criticized over his handling of Hillary Clinton’s email investigation in the final days of the campaign, accepted the lifetime achievement award from the nonprofit Federal Drug Agents Foundation. The group lists more than three dozen directors on its website; another was the developer of a troubled Trump-branded tower in Toronto.
An FBI spokesman said the foundation provides disability, bereavement, and personal crisis support to federal agents and educational and charitable grants. The foundation regularly honors law enforcement officials. Past recipients of the same lifetime achievement award given to Comey include Attorney General Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, former New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan. It was not clear whether Comey was aware of the board members’ ties to Trump, or whether he decided those connections were not consequential given the group’s stature with New York law enforcement. The award and ceremony came after the FBI had been accused by partisans on both the left and right of injecting itself unnecessarily into the presidential race through Comey’s statements about the FBI’s now-concluded review of Hillary Clinton’s email practices.