President Obama on Friday will nominate James B. Comey, a former senior Justice Department official during the Bush administration, to replace Robert S. Mueller III as FBI director, reports the Washington Post. Comey's nomination has been expected since last month. Some have viewed his nomination as a bipartisan move by a president besieged by Republicans in Congress.
Comey, 52, was at the center of some of the most bruising debates over counterterrorism during the Bush administration and established a reputation as a defender of the law and the integrity of the Justice Department. A married five of five children, he left the Justice Department in 2005 and served as an executive with the defense contractor Lockheed Martin until 2010. He later worked for Bridgewater Associates, a hedge fund, and now teaches national security law at Columbia Law School.