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Loretta Lynch Sworn In; Becomes the Nation’s 83rd Attorney General

Attorney General Loretta Lynch

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Loretta E. Lynch, the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney, was sworn in Monday by Vice President Joe Biden as the new Attorney General.

Lynch, 55, the first African-American female to hold the post, faced some turbulent waters, and became a political football on Capitol Hill, as high-profile appointees often are. After a lot game playing, the Senate last week finally confirmed the nomination by President Obama. She is the nation’s 83rd attorney general.

In her speech at her confirmation, she said:

 I look out over all of you gathered here today, my overwhelming reaction is one of profound gratitude. I must, of course, thank the President for his faith in me in asking me to lead the department that I love to even greater heights.

Thank you, Mr. Vice President, for your presence and your comments here today, and for your steadfast support and wise counsel throughout the process. I also must thank Senators Schumer and Leahy for their support, over the years and now, and for making the floor of the U.S. Senate a welcoming place for me and my family. And of course, my wonderful family. As you can see, we’re quite a force multiplier!

Many of you have come to know my father through this process. He has been at every hearing and every vote. But he didn’t just start now. I remember looking up as a young Assistant U.S. Attorney starting my first trial and seeing him there – and he came to every one thereafter. He has encouraged me in all things, even when my choices were not the ones he would have made for me. In that, he has been the best of fathers. Without him, I would not be here today, being sworn in as the 83rd Attorney General of the United States, just one week after his 83rd birthday.

And my mother, who could not be here today but is never far from my thoughts or my heart. She grew up in a world where she was always told what she could not do or could not be, but always knew in her heart that she could soar. She did what would have seemed impossible in the small North Carolina town of her youth. She raised a daughter whom she always told, whatever the dream, whether lawyer, prosecutor or even Attorney General, “of course you can.”

I must also thank my wonderful husband, who has supported all of my choices and my dreams. I would not trade his love and support for all the riches in the world – because to me, they are all the riches in the world.

 


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Former Top-Ranking Federal Prosecutor Leaves Job for Private Law Firm

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal prosecutor who once was the third highest-ranking official in the Justice Department’s fraud section is headed to the private sector.

The New York Times reports that James Koukios is joining private law firm, Morrison & Forester.

He was named a partner in the firm’s security litigation and white-collar criminal defense group, The Times wrote.

In other words, Koukois will help defend the people he once tried to prosecute.

Koukois’ last day is Friday.

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Former Lead FBI Hostage Negotiator Joins George Washington University Task Force

Chris Voss

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Chris Voss, a former lead hostage negotiator for the FBI, was named a senior fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.

Voss will join the center’s Counterterrorism and Intelligence Task Force, according to PR Newswire.

“I am honored to become a Senior Fellow with the CCHS as they remain on the cutting-edge of counter terrorism thinking and leadership,” Voss said.

Voss worked for the bureau for 24 years.

Chris brings extensive knowledge from the real world of hostage negotiation and applies them, successfully, to the business and academic worlds. Voss is a Harvard graduate, USC Marshall School of Business Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Professor, Speaker, and Author.

As a recognized international negotiations expert, Chris is frequently interviewed by major media on headline news such as the recent Germanwings crash, Ferguson riots, Boston Bombings, Somali Pirates and hostage negotiations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Panama, Colombia, Gaza, and Haiti.

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Thomas M. Class Is Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Dallas Division

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Thomas M. Class Sr., who served as a police officer before joining the FBI and becoming an expert in terrorism, has been named the new special agent in charge of the Dallas Division, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Class is replacing Diego Rodriguez, who left in December to become assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office.

Class began his career as a police officer and detective in St. Petersburg before joining the FBI in 1990. Most recently, Class served as section chief of the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group in the National Security Branch at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. That position placed him in charge of a multi-agency group tasked with providing resources to interrogate terrorists in custody.

Class also has worked in FBI offices in the Midwest, Atlanta and Alabama.


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FBI Names Angela Byers As New Special Agent in Charge of Cincinnati Office

Angela Byers

Angela Byers

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Cincinnati’s FBI office has a new leader.

Angela Byers, who was chief of the financial crimes section of the Criminal Investigation Division at FBI headquarters, was named as the new special agent in charge of the Cincinnati division, The Biz Journal reports.

Byers is replacing Kevin Cornelius, who led the office from May 2013 until December, when he left for a job in the private sector.

Byers started working for the FBI in 1986.


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Former FBI Agent Who Became VP of New York Yankees Dies

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Phil McNiff, a former FBI agent and executive vice president of the New York Yankees, died Sunday, The Tampa Tribune reports. 

McNiff died following “a long, difficult battle with an illness that sapped his memory and his remarkable spirit of caring for people.”

McNiff, whose older brother also worked for the FBI, graduated from George Washington University and served in the Navy before joining the bureau.

After retiring from the FBI in 1980, McNiff became executive vice president of the Yankees.


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Richard Frankel Becomes Agent in Charge of Newark Division in New Jersey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Richard Frankel, who began his FBI career as a special agent in the New York Field Office in 1995, is the new agent in charge of the bureau’s Newark Division, MyCentralJersey.com reports.

Comey named Frankel to the position after serving in several different positions in New York. He fought organized crime and terrorism and served as assistant special agent in charge of the New York Field Office.

Frankel also served as associate director of national intelligence in the Office of the Director of National intelligence beginning in 2011.

In addition, Frankal worked in the Inspection Division at FBI’s Headquarters as a team leader.

“Throughout his career, Frankel has served as the FBI’s deputy on-scene commander in Afghanistan and led a team who supported U.S. Special Forces components,” MyCentralJersey.com wrote. “He was also the on-scene commander for FBI personnel that investigated the bombing of the Rugby Club in Uganda during the World Cup and he led the team that arrested the surviving pirate involved in the Maersk Alabama incident off the coast of Somalia and investigated the terror attack on the Westgate Mall in Kenya.”


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Head of FBI’s Newark Division Retiring to Take Job with PSE&G

Aaron Ford

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Aaron Ford, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Newark division, is retiring and taking a job with PSE&G, NJ.com reports.

Ford, who also served as the agent in charge of the FBI’s Memphis division, will finish his 30-year FBI career today.

He will be in charge of PSE&G’s internal investigations, serving as the head of the utility’s Business Assurance and Resilience department.

“Even though I am leaving a top notch agency, I am confident I am joining a great company in PSE&G that shares similar values of integrity, which is due to the outstanding workforce they have,” Ford said.

Ford became head of the Newark division in April 2013.


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