James Comey will be the next director of the FBI. Senator Rand Paul, R-KY, withdrew his opposition of the nomination today after some questions were answered by the FBI. Senator Paul had been holding out for information about surveillance drones being used domestically.
The confirmation was a 93-1 Senate vote on Monday, showing that Comey has supporters from both parties. Senator Paul was the one no vote. Showing his support President Obama said about Comey “In the face of ever-changing threats, he has repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to defending America’s security and ideals alike.” During confirmation hearings this month Comey said he would not use torture methods such as water boarding during interogations.
The 52 year old served as deputy attorney general under President Bush in 2004. At the time he had pi-partisan support for his working against a domestic surveillance program. Comey was also a federal prosecutor for 15 years. The fact that James Comey will be the next director of the FBI is testament to the years of hard work in government service.
Mr. Comey stayed busy after leaving politics in 2005. He worked for a hedge fund and companies like Lockheed Martin as well as HSBC bank.
Democrats are hoping to keep the nomination wins rolling throughout the week trying to beat a five week recess coming up. B. Todd Jones for head of Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, and Samantha Power as nomination for U.N. ambassador are among the upcoming votes.
The FBI has over 32000 employees with 436 offices in the US and 60 international offices with a budget of around 8 million dollars. They have varied duties that include protecting civil rights and combating violent crimes.
There have been many FBI directors in its history. The most famous may be J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover served form 1924-1972, through the end of prohibition and the racial divide of the sixties.
Now that James Comey will be the next director of the FBI we will see how he handles the difficulties ahead of him.
Written by Kevin Reid