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US President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose (Credit: Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House as he nominates Jim Comey, of Yonkers, to be the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). Comey, a deputy attorney general under George W. Bush, would replace Robert Mueller, who is stepping down from the agency he has led since the week before the September 11, 2001 attacks. (June 21, 2013)

James Comey is nominated by President Obama to become FBI director

James Comey, a senior Justice Department official under President George W. Bush, is nominated to be the next FBI director by President Obama. (June 21, 2013)

US President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose
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US President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House as he nominates Jim Comey, of Yonkers, to be the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). Comey, a deputy attorney general under George W. Bush, would replace Robert Mueller, who is stepping down from the agency he has led since the week before the September 11, 2001 attacks. (June 21, 2013)

US President Barack Obama (R) formally announces James
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US President Barack Obama (R) formally announces James Comey (L) as his nominee to replace Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller (not pictured), in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington DC. (June 21, 2013)

US President Barack Obama (R) formally announces James
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US President Barack Obama (R) formally announces James Comey (L) as his nominee to replace Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller (not pictured), in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington DC. (June 21, 2013)

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President Barack Obama smiles as he announces the
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President Barack Obama smiles as he announces the nomination of James Comey, left, a senior Justice Department official under President George W. Bush, to replace Robert Mueller as FBI director in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (June 21, 2013)

President Barack Obama and FBI Director nominee James
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President Barack Obama and FBI Director nominee James Comey applaud outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller during a ceremony announcing Comey's nomination in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (June 21, 2013)

US President Barack Obama (L) walks down the
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US President Barack Obama (L) walks down the Colonnade to formally announce James Comey (C) as his nominee to replace Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller (R), in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington DC. (June 21, 2013)

James Comey, a senior Justice Department official under
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James Comey, a senior Justice Department official under President George W. Bush, is seen in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, where President Barack Obama announced he will nominate Comey to replace Robert Mueller as FBI director. (June 21, 2013)

President Barack Obama, followed by outgoing FBI Director
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President Barack Obama, followed by outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller, center, and his choice to succeed Mueller, James Comey, a senior Justice Department official under President George W. Bush, center, walks out of the Oval Office to the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (June 21, 2013)

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US Deputy Attorney General James Comey takes questions
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US Deputy Attorney General James Comey takes questions at the Justice Department in Washington, DC. (Aug. 5, 2004)

It has been reported that U.S. President Barack
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It has been reported that U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to nominate former Justice Department official James Comey to lead the FBI , replacing Robert S. Mueller III as the director. (May 31, 2013)

Deputy U.S. Attorney General James B. Comey speaks
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Deputy U.S. Attorney General James B. Comey speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington D.C. (Dec. 15, 2004)

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