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President Obama to name James Comey as FBI Director

  • McClatchy Washington Bureau
  • Published Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at 11:48 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at 11:48 a.m.

President Obama on Friday will nominate Jim Comey to serve as FBI Director, the White House says, calling him "one of our nation’s most skilled and respected national security and law enforcement professionals."

After 15 years as a federal prosecutor, including several years as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Jim came to Washington to serve as Deputy Attorney General in the wake of the Sept. 11 2001 terrorist attacks.

The White House says Comey's public service along with private sector experiences in the defense and financial industries give him "a unique skill set and a deep understanding of the threats that criminals and terrorists pose to both our physical and economic security."

Comey has also served as a member of the Defense Legal Policy Board, a group charged with advising the Secretary of Defense on major defense policy issues. In that capacity, he has helped develop improvements to the military justice system’s performance with respect to crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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