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FBI nominee faces questioning on surveillance

by The Associated Press | July 9, 2013 at 7:21 a.m.

WASHINGTON — From surveillance to sensitive criminal investigations, the Obama administration's nominee to become the next FBI director, James Comey, would be stepping into the job at a critical time for the bureau and its 13,000 agents.

Comey spent 15 years as a federal prosecutor before serving in the George W. Bush administration, where he is best known for facing down the White House over a no-warrants surveillance program. The White House made changes in the program after Comey and current FBI Director Robert Mueller threatened to resign.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding Comey's confirmation hearing Tuesday.

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