By Jueseppi B.
|United States Deputy Attorney General|
December 9, 2003 – August 15, 2005
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Larry Thompson|
|Succeeded by||Robert McCallum (Acting)|
|United States Attorney for the Southern|
January 7, 2002 – December 15, 2003
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Mary Jo White|
|Succeeded by||David Kelley|
|Born||James Brien Comey, Jr.
December 14, 1960 (age 52)
Yonkers, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||College of William and Mary
University of Chicago
James Brien Comey, Jr. (born December 14, 1960) is an American political figure. In June 2013, he was named by President Barack Obama to succeed Robert S. Mueller III as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
He was the United States Deputy Attorney General, serving in President George W. Bush‘s administration. As Deputy Attorney General, Comey was the second-highest ranking official in the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and ran the day-to-day operations of the Department, serving in that office from December 2003 through August 2005. He was U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York prior to becoming Deputy Attorney General.
In December 2003, as Deputy Attorney General, Comey appointed the U.S. Attorney in Chicago, close friend and former colleague Patrick Fitzgerald, as Special Counsel to head the CIA leak grand jury investigation after Attorney General John Ashcroft recused himself. In August 2005, Comey left the DOJ and he became General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Lockheed Martin. In 2010, he became General Counsel at Bridgewater Associates. In early 2013, he left Bridgewater to become Senior Research Scholar and Hertog Fellow on National Security Law at Columbia Law School. He also joined the London-based board of directors of HSBC Holdings.
Obama nominates James Comey as FBI director 21 june 2013
Published on Jun 21, 2013
Obama nominates James Comey as FBI director
President Obama nominates James Comey, a former justice department official under President George W. Bush, as the next FBI director.
June 21, 2013 | 51:16 | Public Domain
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Serving Together, as One America
02:30 PM EDT
This week, I had the opportunity to speak at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service here in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by Points of Light, the conference is the world’s largest annual gathering of volunteering and service leaders and supporters.
I also announced that President Obama and the First Lady will host a celebration at the White House, on July15, 2013, in honor of the 5,000th Daily Point of Light award.
This year’s conference theme, “Service Unites,” highlights how serving communities can bring together people from all backgrounds.
During his inaugural address in 1989, President George H.W. Bush called on all Americans to work together for the good of their country. He described his vision of a thousand points of light in our communities spreading like stars throughout the Nation, each doing good.
In response to President Bush’s call, Points of Light was created. Today, over 4 million volunteers serve their communities through Points of Light.
As President Obama said during the 20th anniversary of Points of Light, “In the end, service binds us to each other– and to our communities and our country– in a way that nothing else can. That’s how we become more fully American. It’s always been the case in this country — that notion that we invest ourselves, our time, our energy, our vision, our purpose into the very fabric of this nation. That’s the essence of our liberty– that we give back, freely.”
From donating food for the hungry, to supporting organizations that strengthen our communities, to leading efforts to care for our military families, to providing vital aid to victims of national disasters, to tutoring children and adults, and in countless other ways, volunteers make our country better.
To support their good work, President Obama signed the bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009 in his first 100 days in office, to create opportunities for more Americans to serve, and to focus national service on issues of national importance, such as disaster response, economic opportunity and education.
He did this because the President knows that national service can be an effective solution to our toughest challenges, and it can make a meaningful impact on communities in need. National service can also expand opportunities for those that serve by providing them with skills and helping them pursue higher education and jumpstart their careers. In fact, a new study by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) found that volunteers have a 27 percent higher likelihood of finding a job than non-volunteers.
Today, we are proud of the work that has stemmed from President Obama’s commitment to expanding national service, including most recently:
- FEMA Corps, which is a new partnership between Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which created 1,600 new national service positions dedicated to disaster preparedness, relief and response activities. FEMA Corps members have been deployed around the country in response to disasters such as the tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri, Hurricane Sandy, and the recent severe storms in Oklahoma.
- School Turnaround AmeriCorps, which is a new partnership between CNCS and the Department of Education that created 650 national service positions to help improve 60 of our nation’s lowest performing schools.
- STEM AmeriCorps, which is a new program that will devote 50 national service members to increasing interest in STEM education among high school students in low income communities.
I am so inspired by the nearly 65 million Americans who volunteer on a regular basis. Through teamwork, leadership, and generosity, volunteers show us that anything is possible when people come together to solve problems and serve their communities.
Indiana Fever: The 2012 WNBA champion Indiana Fever was in Washington, D.C., on Friday to visit the White House. President Obama congratulated the team on their winning season and thanked them for their service to communities across the country.
Father’s Day: President Obama celebrated an early Father’s Day last Friday with high school students from Chicago’s Becoming a Man program. During a lunch in the East Room of the White House, the President spoke of the importance of fatherhood and mentorship. President Obama met with students in the program, which is based in low-income public schools, earlier this year to reaffirm the importance of education.
Moving Toward Peace: After crossing the Atlantic Ocean Sunday night, President Obama spoke to the people of Northern Ireland from the Belfast waterfront on Monday, praising them for their efforts toward peace and encouraging them to continue to persist.
“From the start, no one was naïve enough to believe that peace would be anything but a long journey. Yeats once wrote ‘Peace comes dropping slow.’ But that doesn’t mean our efforts to forge a real and lasting peace should come dropping slow. This work is as urgent now as it has ever been, because there’s more to lose now than there has ever been.”
Trade Agreement: President Obama met with leaders from the European Union on Tuesday to discuss the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Together with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy,President Obama announced that the EU and the U.S. will begin negotiations on the trade agreement next month. The agreement will increase economic growth in the United States and the European Union.
“[T]he U.S.-EU relationship is the largest in the world. It makes up nearly half of global GDP. We trade about $1 trillion in goods and services each year. We invest nearly $4 trillion in each other’s economies. And all that supports around 13 million jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. And this potentially groundbreaking partnership would deepen those ties. It would increase exports, decrease barriers to trade and investment. As part of broader growth strategies in both our economies, it would support hundreds of thousands of jobs on both sides of the ocean.”
G-8 Summit: On Tuesday, President Obama joined leaders from all over the world in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland for this year’s G-8 Summit. During plenary sessions, the President and the other G-8 leaders discussed the global economy and President Obama announced increased humanitarian assistance for Syria. The President also held meetings with President Vladmir Putin of Russia, Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President François Hollande of France, Prime Minister Enrico Letta of Italy and Prime Minister Ali Zeidan of Libya.
German Ties: The people of Berlin gathered on the east side of the Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday, almost 50 years after President Kennedy spoke to the Cold War-divided city, to hearPresident Obama speak about the strong bond between Germany and the United States.
In his speech, President Obama announced new measurements to reduce our deployed strategic nuclear weapons by up to one-third. He also praised the Germans for their progress since the fall of the Berlin Wall, he acknowledged that the struggle for freedom, security, and human dignity still persists.
“When Europe and America lead with our hopes instead of our fears, we do things that no other nations can do, no other nations will do. So we have to lift up our eyes today and consider the day of peace with justice that our generation wants for this world.”
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