No J. Edgar

The likely nominee to become the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is James Comey, who was the former deputy attorney general in the George W. Bush administration. Being a Republican and well respected on both sides of the aisle, his confirmation is all but assured.

What will make his nomination more compelling than most will be the saturation airing of excerpts from his appearance in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2007. Comey was testifying about his actions as acting attorney general when Attorney General John Ashcroft had taken ill. Usually the general public doesn’t become all that interested in the nomination of an FBI director. But in this case his testimony speaks directly to the independence needed by the Department of Justice and his narrative is dramatic. Ironically, Comey’s nomination may reinforce and amplify the serious misgivings many have with Attorney General Eric Holder.

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