9 Things to Know About FBI Director Nominee James Comey

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James "Jim" Comey was nominated today by President Obama to take over the Federal Bureau of Investigation after almost twelve years under Robert Mueller.

He is six-foot-eight, and yes, he plays basketball.

That makes him the tallest member of Obama's second-term administration.

He's from a middle-class Irish-American family in Yonkers.

As a child, he was held along with his brother at gunpoint during a home invasion.

He "can sing along with Good Charlotte pop-punk hits."

As U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, he prosecuted Martha Stewart. "This criminal case is about lying - lying to the FBI, lying to the SEC, lying to investors," said Comey.

He's a Republican, having donated to both John McCain and Mitt Romney, and was nominated by George W. Bush to be the No. 2 to Attorney General John Ashcroft.

In what he called "probably the most difficult night of [his] professional life," Comey visited Ashcroft in his hospital bed to urge him not to give approval for the NSA's post-9/11 warrantless wiretapping program. Comey was prepared to resign unless his recommended changes were enacted, and eventually, President Bush agreed.