James Comey, former deputy attorney general during the George W. Bush administration, will be nominated to succeed Robert Mueller as FBI director, The Washington Post reports.
Sara Horwitz and Peter Finn write Mueller is set to leave the bureau in September after 12 years in office.
Lisa Monaco, President Barack Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser and a former assistant attorney general, was also being considered for the FBI leadership post, according to the Post.
Comey served as the Justice Department‘s second-highest ranking official from 2003 to 2005 and is currently a senior research scholar at the Columbia Law School in New York.
He has previously served as the U.S. attorney for New York’s Southern District in Manhattan and as managing assistant U.S. attorney in charge of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Richmond division, within Virginia’s eastern district.