WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama will nominate Jim Comey to be the next FBI director on Friday, picking a former Justice Department official who has deep experience in the US battle against terrorism, a White House official said on Thursday.
If confirmed by the Senate, Comey, a Republican, would replace FBI Director Robert Mueller, who has led the agency since just before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Mueller is expected to step down this fall.
A White House official said Obama would make the announcement about Comey on Friday afternoon.
"In more than two decades as a prosecutor and national security professional, Jim has demonstrated unwavering toughness, integrity, and principle in defending both our security and our values," the official said.
Comey, 52, served as deputy U.S. attorney general for President George W. Bush. He had previously been the US attorney for the Southern District of New York.