Obama’s FBI choice James Comey defends phone-log collection


Joseph Straw
New York Daily News
July 10, 2013

President Obama’s pick to head the FBI — who fought broad phone snooping in the Bush administration — on Tuesday defended the collection of some private communication data to fight terror.

James Comey, a former Manhattan U.S. attorney who served as second-in-command at the Justice Department from 2003 to 2005, testified at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) asked if Comey backs bulk collection of U.S. phone call logs, called “metadata” — an Obama administration practice revealed in June by leaker Edward Snowden.

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