Obama to name ex-Bush aide to head FBI: AP sources
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is prepared to nominate James Comey, a former Bush administration official with bipartisan credentials, as the next FBI director.
In a possible warning sign, the top Republican on the Senate committee that would review the nomination said Mr Comey would face questions about his ties to Wall Street.
Three people with knowledge of the selection said on Wednesday that Obama planned to nominate Mr Comey, who was the No. 2 official at the Justice Department under President George W. Bush. Mr Comey was general counsel to Connecticut-based hedge fund Bridgewater Associates from 2010 until earlier this year and now lectures at Columbia Law School.
Mr Comey would replace Robert Mueller, who has held the job since shortly before the Sept 11 attacks, which forced the FBI to transform itself into one of the chief US weapons in the war on terror. Mr Mueller's last day on the job is Sept 4.