James Comey has received unanimous approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee to serve as the next director of the FBI, Reuters reported Thursday.
Thomas Ferraro writes the 18-member committee moved Comey’s nomination to the full U.S. Senate.
Comey, who served as deputy U.S. attorney general from 2003 to 2005, was nominated to the post by President Barack Obama in May.
He will succeed outgoing chief Robert Mueller if confirmed.
“Mr. Comey has had an outstanding career in law enforcement, and if confirmed, I expect he will lead the bureau with an independent voice,” Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) was quoted by Reuters as saying after the vote.
“Few positions have as much impact on our liberty and national security as the director of the FBI,” he added.