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Obama to name new FBI director

WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama plans to announce today his new choice to lead the FBI in Jim Comey, former President George W. Bush's No. 2 at the Justice Department.

If confirmed by the Senate, Comey would replace Robert Mueller, who has held the job since shortly before the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. Mueller is set to resign on Sept. 4 after overseeing the bureau's transformation into one the country's chief weapons against terrorism.

The White House said Thursday that Obama would make the announcement this afternoon.

Comey was a federal prosecutor who rose to serve as deputy attorney general under Bush. In recent years, he's worked as a head fund executive and lectured at Columbia Law School.


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