James B. Comey

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Biography

James B. Comey was confirmed as Deputy Attorney General of the United States on December 9, 2003, after serving for two years as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. In August 2005, Comey left the DOJ and he is now General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Lockheed Martin.

On October 3, 2003, President George W. Bush nominated Jim Comey to serve as Deputy Attorney General, he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on December 9, 2003, and the President signed his commission on December 11, 2003. Prior to becoming Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Comey served as United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from January 2002 to the time of his confirmation. From 1996 through 2001, Mr. Comey served as Managing Assistant U.S. Attorney in charge of the Richmond Division of the United States Attorney's office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Mr. Comey was educated at the College of William & Mary (B.S. with Honors 1982, Chemistry and Religion majors) and the University of Chicago Law School (J.D. 1985). After law school, he served as a law clerk for then-United States District Judge John M. Walker, Jr. in Manhattan, and worked for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in their New York Office. He next joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where he worked from 1987 to 1993, eventually serving as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division.

As United States Attorney, Mr. Comey oversaw numerous terrorism cases and supervised prosecutions of executives of WorldCom, Adelphia, and Imclone on fraud and securities-related charges. Mr. Comey also created a specialized unit devoted to prosecuting international drug cartels.

As an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, he handled the Khobar Towers terrorist bombing case, arising out of the June 1996 attack on a U.S. military facility in Saudi Arabia in which 19 Airmen were killed. He has personally investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of cases, including firearms, narcotics, major frauds, violent crime, public corruption, terrorism, and organized crime. In the Southern District of New York, he served as lead prosecutor in United States v. John Gambino et al., a six-month mafia racketeering and murder trial in 1993.

While in Richmond, Mr. Comey also served as an Adjunct Professor of law at the University of Richmond. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's office in Richmond in 1996, he was a partner at McGuireWoods, LLP specializing in criminal defense and commercial litigation.

Mr. Comey is married and has five children.

(This section was copied verbatim from the Whitehouse.gov website, which also has a photo.)

Activities

  • In March 2003, Comey was in charge of the case against James H. Giffen, who was closely allied to the notoriously corrupt governmennt of Kazakhstan, and who was arrested on multiple counts of wire fraud and money laundering.
  • In December 2003, Comey convinced Attorney General John Ashcroft to recuse himself from the Plame affair case, and appointed Patrick Fitzgerald as a special counsel. This appointment was covered in the dKos diary An Unsung Hero.
  • In May 2007, Comey testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the firings of U.S. Attorneys. He made two main points:
    • except for Kevin Ryan (who had serious management problems), the USAs who were fired were not only competent, but in several cases, some of the best.
    • It would be illegal to use partisan tests for hiring Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and it would seriously discredit our judicial system.

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