FBI Director James Comey Cancels SXSW Appearance

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The bureau's general counsel James Baker will speak in his place.

FBI Director James Comey has canceled a planned appearance at SXSW in Austin, Texas, this week citing scheduling conflicts, festival organizers announced Tuesday morning. 

Comey was set to speak March 11 in a SXSW interview with Newseum CEO Jeffrey Herbst. He has now been replaced by FBI general counsel James Baker, who is expected to speak about the convergence of national security, technology and First Amendment rights. The new session will take place March 13.

"While Director Comey is now unable to attend, we're still really excited that this important conversation will take place," said Herbst.

Comey, who made headlines during the Presidential Election as the FBI investigated Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, has been back in the news following President Donald Trump's allegations that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him during the election. According to reports from news outlets, including the New York Times, Comey asked the Justice Department to publicly reject Trump's allegation. 

Baker's session will take place at 5 p.m. CT on March 13 at the Hilton Austin Downtown.