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New FBI Director Confirmed by Senate

Last evening, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm James B. Comey, Jr. as the next FBI Director. “Jim’s experience, judgment, and strong sense of duty will benefit the Bureau and the country as a whole,” said current Director Robert S. Mueller. “He is excited about the prospect of leading an agency of individuals who are united by a fierce desire to do something good for their country.” Comey will periodically visit FBI Headquarters over the next few weeks to ensure a smooth and efficient transition on September 4, Director Mueller’s last day in office.

Jul 30, 2013 01:20 PM

New FBI Director Confirmed by Senate


On the evening of July 29, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm James B. Comey as the next FBI Director.

“Jim’s experience, judgment, and strong sense of duty will benefit the Bureau and the country as a whole,” said current Director Robert S. Mueller. “He is excited about the prospect of leading an agency of individuals who are united by a fierce desire to do something good for their country.”

In his early career, Comey worked as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and later became the managing assistant U.S. attorney in charge of the Richmond Division in the Eastern District of Virginia. In 2002, he returned to the Southern District of New York as the U.S. attorney.

In 2003, Comey became deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice (DOJ). As second in command, he ran the day-to-day operations of the department. In 2005, he left DOJ to become general counsel and senior vice president at Lockheed Martin. Five years later, he joined Bridgewater Associates, a Connecticut-based investment fund, as its general counsel. Last year, he became the senior research scholar and Hertog Fellow on national security law at Columbia Law School.

“I have had the opportunity to work with Jim at the Department of Justice,” said Director Mueller. “He is a man of honesty, dedication, and integrity. These core values make him the right person for this job.”

Comey will periodically visit FBI Headquarters over the next few weeks to ensure a smooth and efficient transition on September 4, Director Mueller’s last day in office.

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