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Here’s Some Names That Popped Up in 2013 for FBI Director — And Then Some

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Back in 2013 we wrote about possible candidates to replace FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III.

The list included Lisa Monaco, a career federal prosecutor, former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, then- Congressman Mike Rogers, former U.S. Attorney James Comey (scratch this name off)  and  Jana Monroe, the former FBI special agent in charge of the Phoenix division and former assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division.

Jana Monroe (l) Raymond Kelly (top) Mike Rogers (bottom)

Jana Monroe (l) Raymond Kelly (top) Mike Rogers (bottom)

The Washington Times on Tuesday mentioned Raymond Kelly and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as possible replacements for Comey. Other publications have mentioned former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Andrew McCabe, the acting director of the FBI.

Here’s what these folks are up to:

Patrick Fitzgerald: The former U.S. Attorney in Chicago is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Chicago.

Jana Monroe: Former head of the FBI’s Phoenix Division and former assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division, Monroe is VP of Global Security and Enterprise Risk Management for Herbalife, a global nutrition company.

Raymond Kelly: He was the New York City Police Commissioner up until 2013. In 2011, Sen. Chuck Schumer endorsed him to be the FBI director.

Lisa Monaco:  A former federal prosecutor who was  Homeland Security Advisor to President Barack Obama. She served in different roles in the Justice Department. She is currently a senior national security analyst for CNN.

Chris Christie: A former U.S. Attorney in New Jersey, his term as governor ends 2018. The Bridegate scandal and Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Cushner, could be impediments.

Mike Rogers: The former FBI agent and ex-Congressman, who was popular choice among many agents back in 2013, is a CNN national security commentator.

Rudy Giuliani — The former mayor of New York and ex-U.S. Attorney was a Trump loyalist during the campaign.  On January 12, 2017, President-elect Trump named Giuliani his informal cybersecurity adviser. His name came up as a possible secretary of state or attorney general, but he got neither.

Andrew McCabe: The acting director of the FBI was the deputy since February 2016. It would be an easy choice, but not a likely one. He’s associated closely with Comey.

 

Column: Retired FBI Official Says Ray Kelly’s Criticism of FBI Unfair

Michael Mason is a retired Executive Assistant Director of the FBI. His column is in response to former New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s criticism of the FBI in a New York Times article. Kelly suggested the FBI should have shared information regarding its suspicions about one of the Boston Marathon bombers before the bombing ever took place.

Mike Mason/fbi photo

 
By Michael Mason
For ticklethewire.com

I am a big fan of Ray Kelly. I believe he is an innovative, thoughtful police executive. But I think his criticism of the FBI is seriously misplaced.

Precisely what would the FBI have shared with Boston, that in a steady-state environment would have led to them in engaging in any different actions toward the suspects? There are suspicions about hundreds of suspects that exists every day of the week.

Does anyone really think the FBI could have told Boston authorities, “Hey, we think these two guys are targeting the Boston Marathon for a bombing incident?” That is patently absurd.

It’s really time to stop the “blame game” in the aftermath of terrible events such as the Boston Marathon bombings. It is way too easy to say “We should have known anything you had about those suspects” after they have engaged in a heinous act against innocent civilians.

So, are we suggesting that the FBI should share all the information it has on every subject of interest who might potentially engage in a criminal act in the territory of any police agency?  I can assure you that is not the sharing environment we want.

The media needs to press officials when they complain of not receiving information from the FBI in a timely manner by asking two simple questions: 1) What is the precise information you are suggesting the FBI did not share with you in a timely fashion? and 2) In a steady-state environment, i.e. before the bad act has occurred, precisely what would you have done with the information you claim was not share with you in a more timely fashion.

Ray Kelly

Over the course of my career the offices I ran had an interest in hundreds of suspects. However, to share that information would have been utterly meaningless unless there was something to be accomplished by doing so.

I had outstanding relationships with the entire law enforcement community because I assured them I would share any actionable information as soon as I received it. However, the interest we had in the vast majority such “suspects” eventually waned without any additional actions being taken by my office.

I hope the time for using the FBI as an information hoarding piñata every time something bad happens in this country soon goes the way of the dinosaurs.

Ray Kelly, Fierce Supporter of New York’s Stop-And-Frisk Policy, Still Mum on Homeland Security Post

NYPD Commissioner Kelly

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Is New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly in line for the top Homeland Security post?

Kelly said he’s spent time in Washington D.C., but added Sunday, “I know it’s wise to keep my mouth shut at this time,” Kelly told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

But pressure is building against Kelly, whose controversial stop-and-frisk policy was struck down by a court as unconstitutional, The Hill reports.

Still, President Obama doesn’t seem to be bothered by Kelly’s fiery defense of stop-and-frisk.

“Mr. Kelly might be very happy where he is, but if he’s not, I’d want to know about it because obviously, he’d be very well-qualified for the job,” Obama said last month.

 

Muslims Oppose Appointment of Raymond Kelly As New Homeland Security Chief

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The potential nomination of New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to the top position at Homeland Security has enraged Muslim-American groups, the Huffington Post reports.

Islamic groups said Kelly, as the head of the nation’s largest police force, oversaw the targeting of innocent Muslim based solely on their religion. Kelly also played a role in an anti-Islamic film, they said.

Kelly is believed to be a top choice of Obama to replace Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano.

“Ray Kelly has a proven record of violating Americans’ basic civil rights,” said Glenn Katon, legal director of Muslim Advocates, a civil rights group based in San Francisco. “His willingness to use discriminatory policing methods against innocent citizens should concern Americans of every faith, ethnic and racial background.”

NYPD Commissioner Kelly Quiet on Whether He’s Interested in Top Homeland Security Post


NYPD Commissioner Kelly/nypd photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly is interested in the top post at Homeland Security, he’s not saying anything about it, CBS New York reports.

Kelly is believed to be on President Obama’s short list to replace Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

“I think Ray Kelly is one of the best there is, so he’s been an outstanding leader in New York,” Obama said in an interview last week.

Kelly declined to comment on Obama’s remarks or the prospect of replacing Napolitano.

“I’m flattered by what the president said, but I’m not going to comment further on it,” he said.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

NYPD’s Ray Kelly and His Battles With the FBI

NYPD Commissioner Kelly/nypd photo

By Christopher Dickey
Newsweek

There’d been a crucial break in one of Manhattan’s most infamous unsolved murders. One after another, reports from NYPD detectives popped up on the New York City police commissioner’s BlackBerry. Ray Kelly was on a quick work trip to London, and here, by the Thames in the predawn hours of May 24, the case of a little boy who had disappeared 33 years earlier suddenly loomed large on his handheld screen. It was a grim flashback to times when New York was a nearly bankrupt metropolis with streets that reeked of refuse and echoed with gunfire. As the sun rose in London, the emails kept coming.

Kelly, indefatigable even at 70, had spent the previous 48 hours meeting with British police and intelligence officials, studying security and antiterrorism preparations for the upcoming London Olympics. There had been discussions about underwear bombs undetectable by magnetic scanners and Scotland Yard had showed off its collection of infernal devices cobbled together by terrorists: explosives disguised as basketball shoes and computer-printer cartridges. It was the stuff of 21st-century nightmares.

Since he took over as police commissioner in the aftermath of 9/11, Kelly’s most critical mission has been to thwart all terrorist threats against the city, and he’s aimed to do that, in some cases, even before a plot is entirely clear to the plotters themselves.

To read the full story click here.

 

NYPD’s Kelly Barks Back After FBI Snub on al Qaeda Plot

NYPD Commissioner Kelly/nypd photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In case you hadn’t notice, NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is no shrinking violet.

So one day after FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III testified before Congress that he hadn’t bothered to call Kelly about the latest al Qaeda/ underwear bomber plot, Kelly spoke up. FBI agents waited a week to brief Kelly’s folks.

“We can’t be treated like just any other city,” Kelly insisted Thursday, according to the NY Daily News. “We had 14 plots here. We had almost 3,000 people killed just five blocks from [City Hall\]. We had another attack in 1993. We’re different.”

“I’m not looking for a call from the FBI director,” added Kelly, who called Mueller “a personal friend.”

“I’m looking for information as quickly as possible for New York City.”

To read full story click here.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Mayor Bloomberg Doesn’t Want Ray Kelly to Head FBI

Mayor Bloomberg

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Despite what Sen. Charles Schumer says, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants his police commissioner Ray Kelly to stay put, according to the Huffington Post.

Schumer the other day told the New York Daily News that he’s going to push for Kelly to succeed FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, who finishes up his 10-year term in September.

Bloomberg isn’t disputing that Kelly would make a good FBI director. It’s just that he’s darn happy with what he’s doing in New York.

“Ray Kelly served his time in Washington and did a great job there,” Bloomberg said, according to the Huffington Post. “I, for one, would like him…expect him to stay for the next 1,023 days.”

Kelly was the undersecretary for enforcement at the Department of the treasury from 1996 to 1998, the Huffington Post noted, and he was commissioner of the US Customs Service from 1998 to 2001.

The website said Bloomberg cited low crime rates and effective counter-terrorism as reasons for his fondness for Kelly.