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9 Things to Know About FBI Director Nominee James Comey

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) speaks during a news conference to announce his nomination of James Comey (L) to become FBI Director in the Rose Garden at the White House June 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Comey, a former Justice Department official under President George W. Bush, would replace outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller.

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.

Things to Know About FBI Director James Comey