It’s Official! James Comey Installed as New FBI Director

Comey previously served as a Department of Justice official during the Bush administration

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New FBI Director James Comey

President Obama installed a new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during a ceremony on Monday afternoon. Obama said he selected James Comey because the former Justice Department official is “somebody who knows what’s right and what’s wrong.”

Comey served as deputy attorney general from 2003-2005 under George W. Bush’s administration and testified to Congress that he refused to reauthorize a warrantless wiretapping program that the administration had put in place after 9/11. His position on the matter is significant in the wake of new revelations about secret, warrantless electronic surveillance used in recent years.

Comey’s nomination was met with bipartisan support although Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) became the first senator to vote against a nominee for the position since 1968, when Senate approval became a requirement.

At the installation ceremony on Monday, according to PBS, Comey told FBI employees and guests that the agency “must be independent of all political forces and interests.”

Comey replaces Robert Mueller, who left the post after serving for 12 years.

[PBS]

3 comments
drudown
drudown

What a terrific appointment. 

Mr. Comey is a true patriot for standing up for the Bill of Rights, i.e., as opposed to elected officials in Congress refusing to honor the Constitution's express language when discharging their prescribed duties under Article I, Section 8 under the purported auspices of "partisan considerations".

No array of terms can describe the respect I have for him for defending what is right and true.

"Useless laws weaken the necessary ones." - Montesquieu

gchu
gchu

The deeds of GW Obama and Comey reveal the affinity of war criminals, the worst and most unquaified FBI director, and the worst and most unqualified U.S. president, whose fawning words on Comey lacked integrity and truth.  Rand Paul is a patriotic American and a great American. 

Stanton
Stanton

I just did quick research on the appointee. He has zero experience in the field as a law enforcement officer. His total experience has been as a lawyer, in the courtroom and behind a desk. He has zero experience as an FBI 'special' agent. Nor would I put forth that he has any special insight as to how to run a giant organization such as the FBI. My great uncle took over and ran the FBI after Hoover passed. And just a personal perspective, raise the best from your own ranks, as long as there is someone qualified. Then, perhaps politics would be less likely to drive those in power to assign someone who is only marginally qualified to serve in this position