Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Expected Nomination Of James Comey To Be The Director Of The FBI

“I congratulate James Comey, the expected nominee to be the next Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Mr. Comey showed the kind of independence needed to lead the FBI when he stood up to those in the last administration who sought to violate the rule of law.  I hope that Senators will provide Mr. Comey with the swift and respectful confirmation he deserves. 

“I also congratulate Director Mueller for his unprecedented tenure at the FBI.  He led the Bureau during an era of daunting national security challenges, all while ensuring that the FBI has maintained its historic focus on fighting crime.  I look forward to the Judiciary Committee's consideration of Mr. Comey's nomination to succeed him.”

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