Comey greenlights TV series to boost FBI's image

FBI Director James Comey says he allowed the producers of a new television series to have access to the bureau's New York offices in hopes of boosting the agency's image.

“We have to care what people think of us,” Comey said at a preview of the new series, "Inside the FBI: New York," during an interview at the Newseum in Washington.

“The faith and confidence of the American people is the bedrock." 

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The documentary series is by Dick Wolf, the creator of the popular "Law & Order" series on NBC, and Marc Levin, the documentarian behind the Peabody-winning "Brick City" TV series. 

“I worry sometimes that people don’t know us,” Comey said in explaining why he approved cooperation with the series.

“We did a lot last year that confused people," he added. 

Comey was referring to last year's FBI investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBlumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections Hillary Clinton roasts NYT's Maureen Dowd over column Hillary Clinton touts student suspended over crowded hallway photo: 'John Lewis would be proud' MORE's handling of classified information via a private email server. Comey concluded in July that Clinton, then the Democratic presidential nominee, was "extremely careless" with State Department emails but did not recommend charges. 

Then, 11 days before Election Day, Comey announced the bureau had uncovered new material possibly relevant to the Clinton investigation, which some Democrats believe played a big role in her stunning loss to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE.

Comey has also come under fire from Republicans for the FBI's investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, whom intelligence agencies have concluded attempted to influence the presidential election in Trump's favor.

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The FBI director suggested partisan politics skew people's perspective on what his agency does.

“Because they are seeing the world ... they see the world through sides,” Comey said. “If you see the world through sides, the FBI doesn’t make a lot of sense to you.

“We are not on anybody’s side. We really don’t care." 

Wolf and Levin's production staff filmed at the New York FBI offices for an entire year, from September 2015 to September 2016. 

"Inside the FBI: New York" premieres April 27 on USA Network.