07.29.13

Senate Confirms Comey To Be FBI Director

The Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday to confirm James Comey to serve as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a ten-year term.  Comey, who has previously been confirmed unanimously to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and Deputy Attorney General under President George W. Bush, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 18, but Republicans refused to grant a confirmation vote until this evening.  Comey replaces outgoing Director Robert Mueller who served 12 years in that position.

“It is a shame that such an important and highly qualified nominee to lead the FBI had to wait an unprecedented 38 days to be confirmed, but I am glad that Senators finally came together to ensure that the FBI has a confirmed leader at the helm,” said Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee presided over Comey’s confirmation hearing earlier this month. The Committee voted unanimously to send the nomination to the full Senate.”

Leahy continued, “If we learned nothing else since the September 11th attacks, we learned that it matters who leads our Nation – at all levels of Government.  James Comey and I do not agree on every issue, but I believe he is committed to the rule of law.  The FBI Director bears a special responsibility for ensuring that domestic government surveillance does not unduly infringe upon our freedoms, and as chairman of the Judiciary Committee I will continue to press on this vital issue.  I congratulate James Comey on the strong showing his nomination received in this vote, and I again thank Robert Mueller for his superb service in difficult times.”

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