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Archive for November 8th, 2021

Biden Nominates Kennth Wainstein to Lead Homeland Security’s Intelligence Division

Kenneth L. Wainstein

By Steve Neavling

Presiden Biden has nominated Kenneth L. Wainstein to lead Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis. 

Wainstein served as U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, Homeland Security advisor under President George W. Bush and general counsel and chief of staff to the FBI Director Robert Mueller.

“Ken has decades of government experience at the highest levels,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement Friday. “His deep expertise in national security, counterterrorism, and intelligence matters will benefit our Department and our Nation if he is confirmed. I urge the Senate to swiftly confirm Ken to this critical leadership role.”

In 2020, Wainstein was among 20 GOP-appointed former U.S. attorneys who signed a letter calling then-President Trump “a threat to the rule of law in our country.” In the letter, the former U.S. attorneys also endorsed Biden for president. 

Waintstein is currently a litigation partner for Davis Polk & Wardwell in Washington D.C.

ATF Agent Recovers from Shooting As Police Search for Two Suspects

By Steve Neavling

Police are on the hunt for two suspects after an ATF agent was wounded in a shootout near downtown Spokane on Friday.

The unidentified agent has been released from the hospital.

The shooting occurred in a Motel 6 parking lot west of downtown Spokane. ATF agents exchanged gunfire with several suspects, the Associated Press reports.

One of the three suspects was wounded and taken to a hospital, where his condition is unknown. 

Meanwhile, Spokane Police SWAT officers and other law enforcement are searching for the two other suspects, who fled after the shootout.