Obama nominating Comey as FBI director

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Associated Press

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 21 at 1:33 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has chosen to head the FBI a former George W. Bush administration official best known for a dramatic hospital bedside standoff over a warrantless wiretapping program.

White House officials are hoping James Comey's bipartisan background and two decades of law enforcement experience will help him win Senate approval to replace FBI Director Robert Mueller (MUHL'-ur). Mueller took over the agency the week before the 9/11 terrorist attacks and retires in September.

Obama's aides say the president plans to announce Comey's nomination Friday.

In a confrontation he has called the most difficult night of his career, Comey rushed to the hospital bedside of his boss, Attorney General John Ashcroft, in 2004. He stopped Bush aides from getting the ailing attorney general's approval to reauthorize the warrantless wiretap program.

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