Obama to Nominate Top Bush Official for FBI Chief
James Comey was key to warrantless wiretapping program
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 21, 2013 4:10 AM CDT
In this May 15, 2007 file photo, James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – President Obama today plans to nominate George W. Bush's former No. 2 at the Justice Department, James Comey, to lead the FBI as the agency grapples with privacy debates over a host of recently exposed investigative tactics. Comey is perhaps best known for a remarkable 2004 standoff over a no-warrant wiretapping program at the hospital bed of Attorney General John Ashcroft. Comey rushed to the side of his bedridden boss to physically stop White House officials in their attempt to get an ailing Ashcroft to reauthorize the program.

If confirmed by the Senate—and Republicans have said they see no major obstacles—Comey would serve a 10-year tenure and replace Robert Mueller, who has held the job since the week before the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Mueller is set to resign on Sept. 4 after overseeing the bureau's transformation into one the country's chief weapons against terrorism. Click for more on Comey's background.

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Johnny_ReduxII
Jun 23, 2013 7:34 AM CDT
This is because there really is no difference between Dumbocrats and Republicants at the very highest levels. There is only a limited gene pool of people 'in the club' that they can trust with their dirty secrets, and so they get moved around like a shell game. The policies of Bush and Obama have very little in contrast...just a continuation of the regime, run by their masters behind the curtain.
reallybig
Jun 21, 2013 10:17 AM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD ..... The educated fool Obama .. who hasn't got a clue, on how the government and Foreign Policy works .. and now gets more and more, of the great President George W. Bush people .. to right his sinking ship. Obama is giving up on his Team of morons, idiots, and imbeciles .. and looks to the intelligent Republicans for help. My opinion? .. Obama can replace everybody .. but .. it's really 'him' that needs to be replaced. ------------- REALLY
hobolaw
Jun 21, 2013 8:17 AM CDT
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.