Obama Nominates James Comey As Next FBI Director

Category: US Politics / Jun 21, 2013 3:52PM EDT

President Barack Obama nominated Jim Comey to be the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Friday (June 21), picking a former Justice Department official who has deep experience in the U.S. battle against terrorism.

If confirmed by the Senate, Comey, a Republican, would replace FBI Director Robert Mueller, who has led the agency since just before the September 11, 2001 attacks. Mueller is expected to step down this fall.

"To know Jim Comey is also to know his fierce independence and his deep integrity," Obama said. "Like Bob (Mueller), he is that rarity in Washington sometimes, he doesn't care about politics, he only cares about getting the job right.

Comey, 52, served as deputy U.S. attorney general for President George W. Bush. He had previously been the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

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