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James Comey confirmed as FBI director

FBI Director nominee James Comey has been confirmed. (Evan Vucci/AP)

The Senate has confirmed James Comey as the new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation by a 93 to 1 margin.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) had placed a hold on Comey's nomination over questions about the bureau's use of drones on U.S. soil and the policies surrounding that use. After receiving a response to his concerns from the FBI detailing the "limited" use of surveillance drones, Paul released his hold.