Verify: Will Comey get a severance package?

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THE QUESTION

A viewer emailed with two questions about former FBI Director James Comey.

President Donald Trump fired Comey Tuesday.

“Since Mr. Comey was supposed to serve a 10-year term, will he be paid for the remainder of his term,” Chuck wrote. “Will he be entitled to retirement benefits?”

WHAT WE FOUND

Comey won’t be paid for the remainder of his term or receive a severance package, according to the Office of Personnel Management rules.

That’s because the president appoints the FBI director, and he or she serves at the pleasure of the president.

The rules say presidential appointees aren’t eligible for severance pay.

He would still be eligible for the Federal Employees Retirement System -- just like any other federal employee.

As to how much Comey would receive from a retirement or pension plan, FBI spokesperson Susan McKee said the bureau had no comment. 

The lack of any severance money shouldn’t be a problem for Mr. Comey, as he is independently wealthy.

When Congress confirmed Comey as FBI director in 2013, he disclosed a net worth of more than $11 million.

Prior to leading the FBI, Comey worked as general counsel for Bridgewater Associates and Lockheed Martin

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