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US Senate confirms Bush admin official as FBI Director

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 12:05

Washington: The US Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of James Comey, a former Bush Administration official, as the next Director of the FBI.

Coney, who was confirmed by 93-1 votes by the Senate replaces, Robert Muller as the FBI Director who served in this position for a decade.

Applauding the overwhelming, bipartisan majority of Senators, President Barack Obama said the new FBI Director is natural leader of unquestioned integrity.

"In the face of ever-changing threats, he has repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to defending America`s security and ideals alike. With Jim at the Bureau`s helm, I know that the FBI will be in good hands long after I`ve left office," he said.

"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," said Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee who presided over Comey`s confirmation hearing earlier this month.

"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," he said.


First Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 12:04
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