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Who Is James Comey? FBI Director Known to Buck the Trend

A career prosecutor, 55-year-old Comey has a history of defying both political parties

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    FBI Director James Comey makes a statement at FBI Headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Comey said 110 emails sent or received on Hillary Clinton's server contained classified information.

    The man behind one of the biggest bombshells of the presidential election has never been one to follow tradition, NBC News reported. 

    Politically, FBI Director James Comey has been a registered Republican for most of his life. Personally and professionally, he is fiercely independent — so much so that President Barack Obama didn't hesitate to appoint him to his current position, despite Comey's history of donating to Republican presidential campaigns.

    A career prosecutor, 55-year-old Comey has a history of defying both political parties. 

    But no past action has thrust him into the cross hairs quite like his announcement Friday — a mere week and a half before voters go to the polls — that a newly discovered batch of emails had prompted him to take another look at the email investigation that has dogged Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton throughout her candidacy.