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Ex-Head of the Minneapolis FBI Attacks B. Todd Jones’ ATF nomination

Todd Jones

 
DAN BROWNING and PAUL MCENROE
Minneapolis Star Tribune staff writers
A former director of the Minneapolis FBI office sent a letter this week to members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee denouncing B. Todd Jones’ performance as U.S. attorney in Minnesota as they prepare to consider his nomination to director of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Donald E. Oswald, 54, a self-declared Democrat and supporter of President Obama, said he felt “morally compelled” to alert the committee about what he describes as Jones’ “atrocious professional reputation within the federal law enforcement community” in Minnesota.

“He was, and still remains, a significant impediment for federal law enforcement to effectively protect the citizens of Minnesota from violent gang, drug and gun activities,” Oswald wrote in an eight-page, single-spaced letter.

Oswald said he decided to go public with his concerns because active law enforcement officers in Minnesota are afraid to do so.

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Pres. Obama Nominates David Barlow for Utah U.S. Attorney

David Barlow/abc4 photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

David B. Barlow, who has served as General Counsel and Chief Counsel for Judiciary for Senator Michael S. Lee since January, has been nominated by the White House to become the U.S. Attorney for Utah.

The announcement on Tuesday comes a days after the FBI announced that David J. Johnson would take over as the head of the Utah FBI.

From 2000 to 2010, Mr. Barlow worked at Sidley Austin LLP, first as an Associate from 2000 to 2006, and then as a Partner from 2006 to 2010, the White House said in a press release.

He graduated graduated from Brigham Young University in 1995 and Yale Law School in 1998.

Sen. Judiciary Committee Expected to Grill Atty. Gen. Eric Holder

grillBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Summer is long gone, but get ready for some serious grilling — Washington style.

Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled Wednesday morning to go before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on the “Oversight of the Department of Justice” and get grilled on such subjects as Fort Hood and the decision to put 9/11 terrorist suspect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others on trial in New York.

He’s expected to face some of his toughest critics, who happen to sit on the committee.