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Press Release

Statement of Attorney General Eric Holder on the
Nomination of Jim Comey as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

Attorney General Eric Holder today issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s nomination of Jim Comey to be Director of the FBI:

“As an extraordinarily dedicated public servant, a talented national security and law enforcement executive, and a principled leader with extensive experience in government and the private sector, Jim Comey is uniquely qualified to serve as the next Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“I’ve known Jim for almost 20 years, and have always found him to be a person willing to try new methods and innovative tools – while adhering to our most treasured values – in keeping the American people safe.  He is a seasoned prosecutor – and former United States Attorney – whose impeccable judgment has set him apart from his peers.  He is a proven leader – and former Deputy Attorney General – whose formidable intellect, indisputable integrity, and unwavering dedication to the rule of law will undoubtedly serve him well as FBI Director.

"Above all, Jim is, and has always been, a faithful servant of the American people.  I am confident that he will be a superb FBI Director, providing the strong and steady leadership that the Bureau’s extraordinary men and women deserve.  I applaud the President’s decision to nominate Jim Comey and I look forward to working closely with him, upon his confirmation, to continue protecting the American people from financial fraud, violent crime and terrorism.”

Updated September 15, 2014

Press Release Number: 13-700