Comey Aces Senate Confirmation Hearing, On Track to Head FBI


James Comey, President Obama's pick to be the next FBI director, “sailed through his Senate hearing test Tuesday like an America's Cup yacht with following winds,” says the Christian Science Monitor. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Ut.), said confirmation should unanimous. Comey used the word “transparency” often, saying he saw it as a key value for the FBI, particularly when dealing with Congress. He also defended the government's collection of vast amounts of its citizens' telephone metadata via National Security Agency snooping. Comey was a federal prosecutor for 15 years before becoming an appointed official in the George W. Bush administration, rising to Deputy Attorney General. He later became general counsel at Lockheed Martin, and at hedge fund Bridgewater Associates.

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