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Topic - Robert S. Mueller Iii
The Senate on Monday approved James B. Comey Jr. to become the new director of the FBI, giving an overwhelming bipartisan boost of approval to someone who has served presidents of both parties.
The Senate on Monday approved James B. Comey to become the director of the FBI, giving an overwhelming bipartisan boost of approval to someone who has served presidents of both parties.
A businessman seeking to invest in the sister firm of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe's former green car company in exchange for U.S. legal status is a top official at Huawei Technologies Co., a Chinese telecommunications giant recently accused of spying.
The Obama administration's efforts to justify the National Security Agency's vast data-gathering about Americans' phone and online communications hit a snag this week, as doubts surfaced about newly declassified details on terrorism investigations that U.S. intelligence officials released to reassure the public.
President Obama on Friday will officially nominate James B. Comey to lead the FBI, a White House official said, tapping a former member of the Bush administration to oversee the country's top law enforcement agency at a time when it's facing new pressures over secrecy and snooping.
House Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday that he was "surprised" by the Obama administration's lackluster defense of the National Security Agency's broad electronic data-gathering programs.
Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican, and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III locked horns during a rancorous House Judiciary Committee hearing over the bureau's investigation into whether the IRS inappropriately subjected conservative or conservative-sounding groups filing for tax-exempt status to extra scrutiny.
President Obama's pending nomination of James B. Comey, a former deputy attorney general in the administration of George W. Bush, to head the FBI is the latest move by Mr. Obama to rely on Republicans to serve in key posts on his national-security team.
In the months before President Obama declared al Qaeda was "on a path to defeat," his aides were telling Congress that the terrorist network was expanding and was capable of inflicting mass casualties in the U.S.
President Obama, who will travel to Boston to speak at a service for victims of Monday's bombing, on Tuesday called the deadly attack a "heinous and cowardly act" of terrorism.
"That is one case where you have [Section] 215 [data-gathering authority] standing by itself," Mr. Mueller told Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat.
The one case that he said wholly relied on the program was a 2003 probe that began after a tipoff about a San Diego-based supporter of al-Shabab, a Somali terrorist group with links to al Qaeda.