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President Barack Obama has selected a top Bush lawyer to head the FBI, and this is expected to please both parties.
James Comey comes with great credentials, such as working for the Department of Justice and as top persecutor of the U.S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. But what he is most known for, and the reason, perhaps, he was chosen for the role, was his heroic denouncement of the White House during the scandal when incapacitated and bed-stricken Attorney General John Ashcroft was pressured to reauthorize an electronic-surveillance program that the Justice Department lawyers had decided was illegal.
So though he donated to John McCain’s and Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns, his resistance to warrantless wiretaps, and his criticism of “enhanced interrogation technique,” – which amounts to torture – have made him respected by both parties. He was willing, in the fiasco, to put his job on the line, and threatened to resign. Now he is expected to be the White House’s formal nomination for the head of the FBI, after Robert Mueller steps down, as law requires, after serving as its head since just before the 9/11 attackers struck.He will be leading the FBI as it struggles with the issue of prosecuting domestic terrorists, including the travails of the Boston Marathon Bombing.
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