The US Senate Approved James Comey to be the Next Director of FBI

Jul 31, 2013 15:30 IST

The Senate of US approved the decision of Barack Obama to choose James Comey as the next director of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). On 29 July 2013, James Comey was supported by the Senators with the vote of 93-1. He will be replacing Robert Mueller, who had remained the Director of FBI since 2001.

Life History of James Comey

• James Brien Comey was born on 14 December 1960.
• He is an American political figure.
• He had remained as the United States Deputy Attorney General during the administration of President George W. Bush, from December 2003 through August 2005.
• As the Deputy Attorney General, he was the second-highest ranking official in Department of Justice (DOJ) of America.
• He was also the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York before being the Deputy Attorney General.
• He became the General Counsel at Bridgewater Associates in the year 2010.
• Earlier in 2013, he became the Senior Research Scholar and Hertog Fellow on National Security Law at Columbia Law School.
• He had also remained a part of London-based board of directors of HSBC Holdings.

James Comey’s FBI Nomination- a Background

In May 2013, James Comey was reportedly nominated for the post of Director of FBI. In June 2013, it was declared officially that President Barack Obama will be nominating James Comey to lead FBI. He was chosen over Lisa Monaco, who in turn, had overseen the security issues of US at the Justice Department during the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on 11 September 2012. Finally, on 29 July 2013, it was confirmed that the Senate gave approval for James Comey to be the Director of FBI for a complete 10-year term.

About the Federal Bureau of Investigation

• The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the US Agency belonging to United States Department of Justice.
• FBI was formed in the year 1908 as the Bureau of Investigation (BOI). In 1935, it was re-named as Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
• The headquarters of FBI are located in Washington, D.C.
• It serves as the counterintelligence (internal intelligence agency) as well as federal criminal investigative body of the US.
• It also investigates the crimes on Native American reservations in the United States under the Major Crimes Act.

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