Former Manhattan U.S. Attorney James Comey is on his way to becoming director of the FBI after the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved his nomination.
The approval clears the way for a full Senate vote next week.
Comey served as U.S. Attorney in New York in 2002 and as Deputy Attorney General under President George W. Bush until 2005.
He's best known for resisting the Bush administration's demands for warrant-less wiretapping and use of enhanced interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists.
If confirmed, Comey would replace Robert Mueller, who is stepping aside in September.