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James Comey’s legal career spanned the top ranks of the U.S. Department of Justice, from leading the U.S. attorney’s office in New York City to running day-to-day operations as the No. 2 lawyer at Main Justice. Later, he oversaw legal operations at Lockheed Martin Corp. and a prominent hedge fund.

Despite rave reviews from former colleagues, Comey, the president’s ­reported pick to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is certain to face a host of questions about his past legal work — from national security decisions at the DOJ to his ties to Wall Street. The White House on May 30 declined to discuss the timing of any announcement about the president’s plans for replacing retiring FBI Director Robert Mueller III.

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