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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.

FBI Director Names New Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Division in Washington D.C.

fbi badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

E.W. “Bill” Priestap, a 17-year veteran of the FBI, has been named assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at the bureau’s headquarters in Washington D.C.

Priestap was serving as deputy assistant director of the Intelligence Operations Branch in the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI headquarter.

Priestap began his career with the FBI in 1998, investigating organized crime and drug issues in the Chicago Division. After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Priestap handled counterterrorism investigations in Chicago.

Priestap has a long history with the FBI, according to the bureau:

In 2003, Mr. Priestap was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Office of Congressional Affairs (OCA) at FBIHQ. While in OCA, he was detailed to the U.S. Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where he assisted with the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

In 2005, Mr. Priestap was appointed the special assistant to the assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence at FBIHQ.

In 2006, Mr. Priestap was assigned to the New York Field Office, where he held counterterrorism and intelligence supervisory positions. He was then promoted to assistant special agent in charge, and he served in the Intelligence and the Counterintelligence Divisions of the New York Field Office.

In 2012, Mr. Priestap was promoted to section chief in the Counterintelligence Division at FBIHQ, and, in 2013, Mr. Priestap was named special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division in the New York Field Office.

FBI Official to Shake Up DEA After Being Appointed as New Leader

Chuck Rosenberg

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A top FBI official is expected to take over the troubled DEA following the forced resignation of DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart, the L.A. Times reports. 

Attorney General Loretta Lynch tapped Chuck Rosenberg, the chief of staff to FBI Director James Comey, as the acting administrator in an effort to shake up the agency.

Rosenberg, who is expected to head the DEA for the rest of President Obama’s term, is to focus less on marijuana and more on drugs like heroin.

Rosenberg “has proven himself as an exceptional leader, a skilled problem-solver, and a consummate public servant of unshakable integrity,” Lynch said in a statement.

Comey said that Rosenberg “is one of the finest people and public servants I have ever known. His judgment, intelligence, humility, and passion for the mission will be sorely missed at FBI.”

Click here for the FBI’s bio on Rosenberg.


Homeland Security Nominee Jeh Johnson on Smooth Track to Confirmation – So Far

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If Wednesday was any indication, President Obama’s choice for Department of Homeland Security may have a remarkably smooth nomination process.

The Los Angeles Times reports that a Senate committee swiftly supported the appointment of Jeh Johnson, who gained fans among Republicans while the Pentagon’s chief counsel.

The committee support means Johnson must now gain full Senate approval.

The job won’t be easy if Johnson gets it. The agency has long been accused of mismanagement and waste.

Public Corruption Expert Selected to Head FBI’s Connecticut Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Patricia Ferrick, who served as the FBI’s public corruption chief, was selected Monday to run the bureau’s Connecticut office, the Connecticut Post reports.

Ferrick, who began her career with the New York Police Department, is now in charge of about 100 agents in three offices.

Outgoing FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III made the announcement Monday.

Ferrick replaces Kimberly Mertz, who became deputy director of the bureau’s Critical Incident Response Group in Washington.