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Robert Mueller Is Like ‘Batman’ Capable of Saving America, Former Colleague Says

Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has an unblemished reputation as an investigator with integrity and will conduct a thorough investigation of Trump’s campaign and Russia without regard for politics, his former second-in-charge said Sunday.

“A line in New York would be Batman’s back to save Gotham, but I think in this case, Batman is back to save America,” Timothy Murphy told John Catsimatidis during an interview on “The Cats Roundtable.”

Mueller has been appointed special counsel to investigate connections between Trump’s campaign and the Russians after the president fired FBI Director James Comey.

Murphy said Mueller has “unquestionable integrity,” so he won’t be conducting a “witch hunt,” a phrased used by Trump to describe the investigation.

“To have someone come in and independently oversee this investigation was a brilliant move,” said Murphy, who worked at the FBI from 1988 to 2011.

Number 2 Guy at FBI Ultimate Insider

Timothy Murphy/fbi photo

Timothy Murphy/fbi photo

By Jerry Markon
Washington Post Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — In the federal government, there are inside people and outside people, those who work in the bowels of the bureaucracy and others who seek out the media glare.

Timothy P. Murphy is an inside guy.

The FBI’s new deputy director speaks in the language of corporate governance and tries to run the bureau like a business. He posts “strategy maps” on his wall. Asked if he wants to replace longtime FBI director Robert S. Mueller III when Mueller’s 10-year term expires in 2011, Murphy laughs.

“I’m more of a behind-the-scenes, fix-the-problems type of guy,” says Murphy, 48, who took over the FBI’s second-ranking job in July. “I’m humbled by the director asking me to do this job, but . . . in my opinion, I’m a good number two.”

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Musical Chairs Expected at FBI Headquarters With Departure of Pistole

Shawn Henry /fbi photo

Shawn Henry /fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Expect a game of musical chairs over at FBI headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue now that the number two person John Pistole has left the agency and Timothy Murphy, the number three person, has replaced him.

Nothing has been announced yet, but the rumors are circulating. Here’s one set of rumors — and I emphasize “RUMORS” at this point.

Kevin Perkins/fbi photo

Kevin Perkins/fbi photo

Thomas J. Harrington, the FBI’s number four person, might take over the number three spot that had been occupied by Murphy.

Now here’s the part that gets interesting.  Under the rumor scenario, Shawn Henry, a rising star in the FBI, who  took over the Washington field office as the assistant director in charge early this year, might return to headquarters and replace Harrington as the Executive Assistant Director over Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch.

Then Kevin Perkins, who heads up the Criminal Investigative Division at headquarters, would head up the Washington field office. At this point, it’s only rumors.

Timothy Murphy/fbi photo

Timothy Murphy/fbi photo

Michael Kortan, the FBI’s chief spokesman at headquarters, declined to comment on Monday.  And some of the agents, who are subject of the rumors, did not immediately respond to emails for comment.

Pistole’s departure set the stage for what’s to come. He was recently confirmed as head of the Transportation Security Administration.

As Expected, Tim Murphy Becomes 2nd in Command at FBI

Timothy Murphy/fbi photo

Timothy Murphy/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — As expected, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III  tapped Timothy P. Murphy to become the second in command at the FBI.

“Tim has consistently shown exceptional leadership and met tough challenges head-on,” Mueller said in a statement issued Thursday. “I have every expectation that he will do the same as deputy director, and I look forward to working closely with him in his new position.”

Murphy, the number three person in the FBI, replaces John Pistole, who was just confirmed as the head of the Transportation Security Administration.

Since 2008, Murphy has served as associate deputy director, overseeing personnel, budget, administration, and infrastructure, the FBI said.

From the onset, when Pistole was nominated to head up TSA, there appeared to be little doubt within the FBI that anyone other than Murphy would  assume the post.

Timothy Murhpy to Fill in At FBI #2 Spot; Likely Candidate to Get Permanent Nod

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Timothy Murphy, the FBI’s number three person, will fill in for John Pistole, the number two person, and is a likely candidate to take over that spot permanently, sources familiar with the situation tell ticklethewire.com.

Pistole will be leaving the FBI to head up the the Transportation Security Administration.  The U.S. Senate confirmed his presidential appointment on Friday.

Michael P. Kortan, the chief FBI spokesman, declined on Saturday to comment or speculate on the matter.

In 2008, Murphy rose to the number three spot — Associate Deputy Director in charge of FBI personnel, budget, administration and infrastructure. He was previously assistant Director of the FBI’s Finance Division.

He began his FBI career in 1988 Murphy. He served in four field offices, including Newark, Tampa, Washington and Cincinnati , where he worked cases in a variety of areas including counterterrorism, organized crime and drugs and as a pilot in the aviation program.

In the Washington field office, he worked an assistant special agent in charge and he served as a special agent in charge in Cincinnati.

At headquarters, some of his posts included supervisory special agent in the Executive Development and Selection Program, unit chief of the Senior Executive Service Unit, unit chief of the Director’s Research Group and special assistant to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, according to an FBI bio.

Senate Confirms FBI’s John Pistole to Head Transportation Security Administration

John Pistole/fbi photo

John Pistole/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s number two man John Pistole, who was considered a sure bet, was confirmed unanimously by the Senate Friday to head the Transportation Security Administration, The Hill newspaper reported.

Pistole, who was highly respected in the FBI, was the third nominee for the post. The two others, ex-FBI agent Erroll Southers and retired Gen. Robert Harding, withdrew their nominations after problems surfaced in their backgrounds.

No replacement has been named for Pistole, though one likely and logical candidate appears to be the FBI’s number three person Timothy Murphy.

Previously, Pistole’s  name surfaced as one of four candidates being considered to head up the Drug Enforcement Administration. But in the end the nod went to the acting head of DEA, Michele Leonhart. After that, his name had surfaced as a possible head for ATF, but that idea never went any where.

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Rumor Mill: No 3 FBI Agent Tim Murphy Could Jump to Number 2

rumor millBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON —  Timothy Murphy, the FBI’s number three person, seems to be a name circulating in the agency’s rumor mill as a strong prospect to replace deputy director John Pistole, the number two man at the FBI, sources say.

The rumor mill  kicked into gear on Tuesday, one day after President Obama nominated Pistole to head the Transportation Security Administration. Pistole is expected to remain at the FBI until the confirmation process is completed.

In 2008, Murphy rose to the number three spot — Associate Deputy Director in charge of FBI personnel, budget, administration and infrastructure. He was previously assistant Director of the FBI’s Finance Division.

He began his FBI career in 1988 Murphy. He served in four field offices, including Newark, Tampa, Washington  and Cincinnati , where he worked cases in a variety of areas including counterterrorism, organized crime and drugs and as a pilot in the aviation program.

In the Washington field office, he worked  an assistant special agent in charge and he served as a special agent in charge in Cincinnati.

At headquarters, some of his posts included supervisory special agent in the Executive Development and Selection Program,  unit chief  of the Senior Executive Service Unit,  unit chief of the Director’s Research Group and special assistant to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, according to an FBI bio.