Michael Kortan, left, is leaving the FBI after serving previously under James Comey and Robert Mueller.
The longtime head of public affairs at the FBI who is a confidant, the former Director James Comey — plans in retirement was to go, Fox News has learned.
A note went out this week for a home get-together for Michael Kortan scheduled for Feb. 15. Since 2009, Kortan served as the Deputy Director for public Affairs, an influence of job-rich, controlled access to the media. He also served under former Director Robert Mueller, now head of the Russia probe.
The FBI confirmed to Fox News, Kortan retired.
It is unclear whether the retirement was long planned, or are in any way triggered by the recent events. The FBI stressed, he ended 33 years.
After Comey as Director of the in September 2013, Kortan half the regular to facilitate the briefings with the beat reporters, a departure from previous Directors.
Kortan also front and center was during the Hillary Clinton E-Mail inquiry, and especially in July 2016 — coordination of media coverage and the delivery of copies of Comey public statement against the criminal abuse of information classified ads in the investigation. Kortan recently surfaced in text messages released between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa page.
While these texts have drawn attention for their anti-Trump feelings, Kortan seemed to be on the surface, in a message about the content of the 302s, the FBI interview summaries of the Clinton E-Mail in the event that were not given to the Congress up front. In September 2016, text, Strzok wrote that “it does not turn over there and we are VERY inflammatory things in the 302s, to [Congress]…who have come to in the FOIA, and absolutely Congress inflamed. I’m sure that Jim and Trisha and Dave and Mike all the considerations are, how things like that play out while you talk to each other.”
“Mike” would be Kortan is a reference to.
Kortan is the youngest senior FBI officials in the rest. Others were re-assigned because Comey was fired by President Trump in may 2017.
Assistant Director Andrew McCabe, who was also the case in the near Comey’s resignation amid questions about his handling of the Clinton-E-Mail.
Catherine Herridge is an award-winning chief Intelligence correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC) based in Washington, DC she covers intelligence, the justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Herridge joined FNC in 1996 as the London correspondent.