Thursday, September 5, 2013

James B. Comey Sworn In As FBI Director

The FBI released the above photo and the below information yesterday:

James B. Comey was sworn in today as Director of the FBI during a ceremony at the Department of Justice. Comey becomes the seventh FBI Director in the Bureau’s modern era. Attorney General Eric Holder administered the oath of office at 4:32 p.m.

“I know Jim brings an impeccable sense of judgment, a commitment to innovative methods and tools, and a lifetime of experience to this new role—which is critical to the protection of our nation and its citizens,” said Attorney General Holder.

“As a seasoned prosecutor, a proven leader, and a faithful advocate for the American peopleand for the rule of lawI am confident that Jim Comey will continue to uphold the standards of excellence and integrity that the FBI’s outgoing Director, Bob Mueller, helped to establish.”
President Barack Obama nominated Comey in June for the FBI’s top job, and the Senate confirmed his nomination in July. Comey succeeds Robert S. Mueller, III, who served as FBI Director for 12 years. 

Below is James B. Comey's bio below:

Director James B. Comey, September 4, 2013 - Present

On September 4, 2013, James B. Comey was sworn in as the seventh Director of the FBI.

A Yonkers, New York native, James Comey gained standing as a champion of the law early in his career. After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School, Comey returned to New York to join the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York as a junior attorney.

There, he gained credibility by taking on numerous crimes, most notably organized crime, and served as the lead prosecutor in the case of the United States v. John Gambino, et al. Afterward, Comey became an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he prosecuted the high-profile case that followed the 1996 terrorist attack on the U.S. military’s Khobar Towers in Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

Comey returned to New York to become the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. At the end of 2003, he was tapped to be the deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice (DOJ) under then-U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and moved to the Washington, D.C. area.

Comey left DOJ in 2005 to serve as general counsel and senior vice president at defense contractor Lockheed Martin. Five years later, he joined Bridgewater Associates, a Connecticut-based investment fund, as its general counsel. In early 2013, Comey became a Lecturer in Law, a senior research scholar, and Hertog Fellow in National Security Law at Columbia Law School.

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