Comey Confirmed to Head FBI, 93-1, After Sen. Paul Releases Hold


The U.S. Senate confirmed James Comey as the new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 93-1. margin. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), voted no. The Washington Post says Paul placed a hold on Comey's nomination over questions about the bureau's use of drones on U.S. soil and the policies surrounding that use. After the FBI responded by detailing the “limited” use of surveillance drones, Paul released his hold. “It is a shame that such an important and highly qualified nominee to lead the FBI had to wait an unprecedented 38 days to be confirmed,” said Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Comey, 52, a former Deputy Attorney General, will replace Robert Mueller, who is leaving after a dozen years. Comey was at the center of bruising debates over counterterrorism during the Bush administration and established a reputation as a fierce defender of the integrity of the Justice Department regardless of the political pressures of the moment. Before Paul’s vote, no senator had voted against an FBI director nominee since the death of J. Edgar Hoover in 1972, said the Congressional Research Service, Politico reports.

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