Obama expected to name James B. Comey as new FBI director

Comey served in the DOJ under the Bush administration and opposed eavesdropping without warrants

President Obama is planning to name James B. Comey, a former high-level Department of Justice official under President George W. Bush’s administration, as the new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The choice is evidence of Obama’s attempt to walk the tightrope between party lines—Comey is a Republican, but during his tenure in the Bush administration, he refused to approve a surveillance program for eavesdropping without warrants in a dramatic episode, a stance which will likely please many Democrats.

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