White House to Nominate Republican FBI Director

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FBI_Badge_&_gunWith a new poll showing over three-quarters of U.S. voters, including 63% of Democrat respondents, supporting a special prosecutor being appointed to investigate the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of Tea Party groups, President Obama is being forced to nominate Republican James B. Comey to be the next Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Mr. Comey commands bipartisan respect for his courageous stand as the Acting Attorney General for the Bush Administration to block efforts to implement broad-based and unwarranted domestic surveillance of Americans. Given that FBI Directors usually serve for long periods, the Obama Administration would have been keen on appointing a Democrat with strong ideological credentials. But with four major scandals engulfing the White House, the Obama Administration is in no position to wage a partisan confirmation campaign and decided to nominate a conservative Republican to be the next Director of the FBI.

Mr. Comey and his wife are both registered Republicans and donated to the Presidential campaigns of U.S. Senator John McCain in 2008 and Governor Mitt Romney in 2012. Mr. Comey was also the target of tremendous opposition by liberals in 2009, when it was reported by Politico that his name had been included on a “short list” for nominees to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter. John Brittain of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law stated, “He was deputy attorney general serving in Bush’s administration. He came in with the Bushies. What makes you think he’d be just an inch or two more to the center than [Chief Justice] Roberts?”

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