Barack Obama, the US President on 21 June 2013 nominated James Comey as the next FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) Director. James Comey is a registered Republican and former Justice Department official under President George W. Bush.
His nomination awaits confirmation from the US Senate. On getting this confirmation for the post, the 52 year old Comey would succeed Robert Mueller. Robert Mueller held the post of FBI Director since 2001 and will retire after completing 12 years of his service to FBI as its Director.
Comey is best known for his actions against White House officials over the legality of the warrantless-wiretapping program of the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2004.
• He was the United States Deputy Attorney General, serving in President George W. Bush's administration from December 2003 to August 2005
• After of Law School, Comey served as a law clerk for then-United States District Judge John M. Walker, Jr. in Manhattan
• Comey is credited as the main protagonist in Martha Stewart's 2004 conviction for obstruction of justice, stating "This criminal case is about lying - lying to the FBI, lying to the SEC, lying to investors.
• Comey served as a nonexecutive director of British bank HSBC