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Senate Committee Approves Rosenstein As Deputy Attorney General

Rod Rosenstein, candidate for deputy attorney general.

Rod Rosenstein, candidate for deputy attorney general.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The nomination of Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general was approved Monday by the Senate Judiciary Committee, setting the stage for a full Senate vote.

Senators voted 19-1 in favor of Rosenstein. If the full Senate approves the nomination, Rosenstein will take the No. 2 spot at the Justice Department, the Hill reports. 

Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from investigations into Russia’s interference in the presidential election, Rosenstein would be in control of the high-profile probe.

“He is on the American side, not on the Russian side, and I trust that he’ll hold true to that statement,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, said.

Secret Service Expected to Get ‘Outsider’ Director from the Military

secret-service-3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump is expected to appoint a new Secret Service director with a senior military rank, the Washington Examiner reports. 

It would be the first time an appointment was made from outside the Secret Service in modern history.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired Marin general, is said to be in favor over the appointment of a general to lead the Secret Service and help shakeup the beleaguered agency.

The announcement is expected to be made next week.

The identity of the candidate has not been revealed.

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Kellyanne Conway’s Husband Poised to Land a Top DOJ Job

Kellyanne Conway

Kellyanne Conway

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway’s husband is expected to be nominated to lead the Justice Department civil division, a position that will enable him to defend President Trump’s executive order on immigration.

White House officials are poised to make the announcement of the nomination of George Conway, a New York lawyer, in the next few days, people familiar with the matter told the Chicago Tribune. 

Conway has specialized in securities litigation and other corporate legal issues for the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

The Tribune wrote:

The Justice Department’s civil division is an important but mostly behind-the-scenes part of the government. Its lawyers are responsible for defending federal policies and agencies in court, and for pursuing alleged wrongdoing by corporations.

During the Obama administration, the civil division racked up tens of billions of dollars’ worth of financial penalties against major corporations. Some of those settlements resolved probes of international banks for their handling of residential mortgage-backed securities that contributed to the financial collapse of 2008. Other settlements stemmed from investigations into whether pharmaceutical companies sold billions of dollars of prescription drugs under false pretenses.

Trump Officially Taps Retired General Kelly to Run Homeland Security

Marine Gen. John Kelly

Marine Gen. John Kelly

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President-elect Donald Trump formally announced Monday the appointment of retired General John Kelly to serve as head of Homeland Security.

“The American people voted in this election to stop terrorism, take back sovereignty at our borders, and put a stop to political correctness that for too long has dictated our approach to national security. I will tackle those issues with a seriousness of purpose and a deep respect for our laws and Constitution,” Kelly said in a statement, the Washington Times reports. 

“I am honored for the opportunity to be back in the service to our country, and our people,” Kelly added.

Trump praised Kelly in a statement.

“Gen. John Kelly’s decades of military service and deep commitment to fighting the threat of terrorism inside our borders makes him the ideal choice to serve as our Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security,” Trump said in a statement.

“He is the right person to spearhead the urgent mission of stopping illegal immigration and securing our borders, streamlining TSA and improving coordination between our intelligence and law enforcement agencies. With Gen. Kelly at the helm of DHS, the American people will have a leader committed to our safety as well as one who will work hand-in-hand with America’s rank-and-file TSA, ICE and Border Patrol officers,” he added.

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Trump Spokesman Declines to Show Support for FBI Director Comey

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The fate of FBI Director James Comey hangs in the balance after a spokesman for President-elect Donald Trump declined to back him.

“There hasn’t been any official statement with regard to Director Comey,’’ Trump spokesman Jason Miller said during the transition team’s daily briefing, the Washington Post reports. 

Asked if Trump would ask Comey to resign,  Miller only said: “I would imagine that at some point, the two will meet.”

Comey has been criticized by both Republicans and Democrats for his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server.

On “60 Minutes,” Trump said he hasn’t decided if he’ll ask Comey to resign.

“I haven’t made up my mind. I respect him a lot. I respect the FBI a lot,’’ said Trump, adding that he wanted to meet with Comey before deciding.

FBI Appoints New Special Agent in Charge of Denver Division

Calvin Shivers, special agent in charge of the FBI's Denver Division.

Calvin Shivers, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Denver Division.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Calvin Shivers, who joined the FBI in 1990, is the new special agent in charge of the FBI’s Denver Division.

FBI Director James Comey announced the appointment Monday in a press release.

Shivers had been the acting special agent in charge since August.

He replaces Thomas Ravenelle, who was transferred to FBI headquarters.

The Denver division is responsible for overseeing Colorado and Wyoming.

Previously, Shivers was the section chief of the violent crimes against children section in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI headquarters.

Gordon Johnson, a 21-Year-Veteran of the FBI, Takes Helm at Bureau’s Baltimore Division

FBI's Baltimore Division.

FBI’s Baltimore Division.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Gordon Johnson, who has worked with the FBI since 1995, has been named special agent in charge of the Baltimore Division.

FBI Director James B. Comey announced the appointment this month of Johnson, who most recently served as deputy assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters.

Gary Johnson

After entering the FBI in 1995, Johnson was first assigned to the New York Field Office, investigating national security issues.

Johnson has held numerous leadership positions, including in the Counterintelligence Division and Baltimore Division, a senior representative to the U.S. Cyber Command at the NSA, as special assistant to the FBI’s associate deputy director and as the acting special agent in charge of the Norfolk Division.

The FBI said Johnson will take the helm in Baltimore at the beginning of October.

FBI Director Chooses Familiar Face to Serve as Chief Information Officer

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has a new chief information officer.

Director Jame Comey tapped Gordon Bitko, a RAND Corporation scholar and bureau employee since 2007, to replace Jerry Pender, who left the post in August, Federal News Radio reports. 

Comey said in an e-mail that he picked Bitko “because he thinks well about technology, knows up close the great and less than great ways we use technology today and has proven that he can get hard things done.”

The move was important because the FBI has holes in its technology leadership.

Bit has been the leader of the FBI’s Support Services Transformation Office since 2015.