James Comey nominated as new FBI director

Jun 22, 2013, 10:50 IST | Agencies

US President Barack Obama has nominated former deputy attorney general James Comey as the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Speaking at a White House ceremony Friday, Obama praised Comey's "fierce independence and deep integrity" and his ability to handle challenges, a report said.

James Comey nominated as new FBI director
James Comey (Pic - AFP)

Comey was the number 2 official in former president George W Bush's Justice Department.

If approved by Congress, Comey will replace incumbent Director Robert Mueller, whose term was extended at Obama's request by two years and is scheduled to expire in September.

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