(WASHINGTON) -- Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey was sworn in Wednesday as the new director of the FBI. After 12 years as director, Robert Mueller stepped down from the head position. Attorney General Eric Holder led the proceedings at the nation's capital, offering remarks to members of the Department of Justice, the FBI and attendees Wednesday afternoon.
"I know Jim brings an impeccable sense of judgment, a commitment to innovative methods and tools, and a lifetime of experience to this new role -- which is critical to the protection of our nation and its citizens," Holder said in a statement.
President Obama nominated Comey as director in June, and the Senate confirmed the nomination in July.
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