NPR cited two sources saying that Comey, who served as Deputy Attorney General under former President George W. Bush, is in line to be Obama's choice. The Times added one source, noting that Comey will be chosen over top White House top counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco.
Back in March 2011, Comey was in line for the same FBI post. The Associated Press detailed how he threatened to resign from the Justice Department over Bush's warrantless wiretapping program. That stance placed him as a revered figure among Democrats who were against the practice, the wire service reported.
Politico adds that Comey, 52, left the Justice Department in 2005, and has since worked as a general counsel for defensive contracting firm Lockheed Martin and investment firm Bridgewater Associated. Their report also notes that Federal Election Commission records have him donating to Obama's two Republican election opponents: John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012.