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US Senate approves James Comey as new FBI director

US Senate overwhelmingly confirmed James Comey to become FBI director, elevating the one-time justice department official who defied efforts by President George W Bush’s White House to renew a program that allowed warrantless eavesdropping.
Comey was approved 93-1 after one of the Senate’s leading conservatives abruptly ended delaying tactics that had blocked a vote on the nomination. Sen Rand Paul, mentioned as a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, had been thwarting the vote over his concerns about the FBI’s domestic use of drones.
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