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Fed Judge Shoots Down New Trial For Highest Ranking Arab-American FBI Agent

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday shot down a request for a new civil trial for the FBI’s highest-ranking Arab American agent, who claimed the agency retaliated against him after he filed a discrimination complaint, the  Blog of Legal Times reported.

Agent Bassem Youssef, a supervisory agent and unit chief in the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, claimed at  trial in September that the FBI discriminated against him and delayed his career advancement because he is Egyptian and that he filed the discrimination complaint, according to the ruling by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.

Specifically, Youssef contended that the bureau blocked him from participating in inspections of FBI offices at a certain juncture in his career. The  inspections provide a training opportunity that leads to inspection certification, which can be helpful in getting promotions. He eventually obtained the certification, but he claimed two years later than he should have.

Justice Department lawyers claimed he was denied the inspection opportunities at one point  because he had transferred to a new unit and missed too much work.

The jury found Youssef had not proven his case and judge consequently ordered that “costs be taxed against Youssef.”

The judge in denying a new trial  ruled Wednesday  that he “was not actually harmed” by the denial to go on certain inspections in 2005.

The FBI has sought reimbursement in the case for $32,431.46 in costs; $446 for fees for service of summons and subpoenas; $615.50 in copying fees; $5,924.66 in witness fees and $25,445.30 fees for transcripts.

The judge ruled Thursday that the agent should pay some costs and not others, but that the  Justice  Department “should submit a revised bill of costs” excluding certain expenditures.

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FBI’s James McJunkin to Head Washington Field Office

James McJunkin/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — As expected, James McJunkin, assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters, will head up the FBI Washington Field Office.

The office is currently being run by acting head John G. Perren. The vacancy popped up after Shawn Henry, the head of the FBI Washington field office, was named to the number four spot at headquarters. McJunkin is expected to assume the new post next month.

John Perren

McJunkin started out with the FBI in 1987 and worked in the San Antonio, Atlanta, and Washington D.C. field offices, the FBI said.

In 2005, he became an assistant special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office and led the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).

In August 2006, Mr. McJunkin became the acting special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office Counterterrorism Division and after a couple more moves, he was named deputy assistant director for Counterterrorism Operations — Branch I in January 2008.

In February, he was named to his current post at headquarters.