Protesters drowned out former FBI director James Comey’s speech at Howard University Friday as he welcomed the school’s freshman class.
Comey was able to thank the school’s president Wayne Frederick before protesters in the back of the auditorium chimed in and silenced him.
They chanted, “We shall not be moved,” “I love being black,” and “No justice, no peace” as Comey stood there watching and waiting for them to quiet down.
When the shouting ceased momentarily, Comey said, “I hope you’ll stay to listen to what I have to say. I listened to you for five minutes.”
Fox News posted a brief clip of the scene.
The shouting then continued for several more minutes before Comey spoke from prepared remarks. During his speech, protesters frequently interrupted him, NBC News reported, which even led to a minister stepping behind the microphone to ask the protesters to let Comey talk.
Howard cut its live feed of the speech on its website at one point and played stock footage of the school before switching back over to the speech, NBC noted.
Comey is working at the historically black college in Washington, D.C. as the Gwendolyn S. Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in public policy for the 2017-2018 school year. Friday’s speech was part of that role, and he will also lead five lectures.
A group on Twitter claimed to be behind Friday’s protests.
President Donald Trump fired Comey in May, which has become the source of much controversy as the Department of Justice probes whether Trump was trying to slow down the investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russia.
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