President Barack Obama plans to nominate James Comey to replace Robert Mueller as FBI director, officials familiar with the nomination process said.
Comey is a former prosecutor who served as a deputy attorney general in President George W. Bush's administration. Ref. CNN.
Comments: As far as I know he is a reputable guy to head the FBI and I hope things work out and no skeletons are hiding in the closet.
The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm President Obama's nomination of James Comey to succeed Robert Mueller as FBI director. A former deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush, Comey will serve a fixed, 10-year term. Ref. USAToday
Bernie Sanders Advocates That FBI Director Comey Step Down
"I think that Comey acted in an outrageous way during the campaign," Sanders said. "No one can say that this was decisive, or this is what elected Trump, but clearly his behavior during the campaign in terms of what he said during the week or two before the election was unacceptable." Ref. Source 2j.
The way James Comey on the emails was very strange. It was almost like a double jeopardy issue - you are guilty, no you're not guilty… no we change our minds you are guilty. Its good that the actions are being reviewed because no one should be put on the burner like this come next election.
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FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday his agency makes its decisions on a nonpartisan basis and said he doesn't care about the political backlash of the choices he makes.
"I know that when I make a hard decision, a storm is going to follow," Comey said at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance Leadership dinner. "Honestly, I don't care."
He defended the FBI, which has been criticized by both Democrats and Republicans in the past year.
"We're not on anybody's side ever," Comey said. Ref. CNN.
FBI Director James Comey strongly defended his decision to alert Congress just days before the 2016 election about his agency's investigation into emails potentially related to Hillary Clinton's personal server, telling senators he would not change what he did despite the idea of impacting the election making him "Mildly nauseous.”
"It was a hard choice, I still believe in retrospect the right choice," Comey told senators at a judiciary committee hearing on oversight of his agency. "I can't consider for a second whose political fortunes will be affected."
Comey is testifying the day after both the sitting US President and the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee sharply criticized him for his role in the outcome of last year's presidential election. Ref. CNN.
The White House said Tuesday FBI director James Comey has been fired. "The President has accepted the recommendation of the attorney general and the deputy attorney general regarding the dismissal of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation," Sean Spicer said. Ref. CNN.