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Archive for June 29th, 2022

Michael Stenger, Former Secret Service Official and U.S. Senate Sergeant-at-arms, Dies at 71

By Allan Lengel

Michael Stenger, who worked for U.S. Secret Service for more than three decades, and resigned from his post as U.S. Senate’s sergeant-at-arms after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, died Monday at age 71, the Washington Post reports.

Michael Stenger

He died of natural cause, possibly cancer, sources told the Associated Press.

Stenger, who was known for his good sense of humor, served as sergeant-at-arms of the Senate since 2018, and resigned in January 2021 after the insurrection. Sen. Mitch McConnell had requested his resignation.

The Post noted:

“News of Stenger’s passing on Tuesday fueled baseless conspiracy theories online, with some social media users calling his death “suspicious” and attempting to link it to the surprise Jan. 6 hearing announced just 24 hours earlier by the House committee investigating the Capitol insurrection. Stenger died of natural causes, and there is no evidence he was set to testify at that hearing. Cassidy Hutchinson, a Trump White House aide, testified before the committee.”

Stenger was with Secret Service for 35 years, working as an agent and in management in positions including Assistant Director for the Office of Investigations and the Assistant Director of the Office of Protective Research. In 2011, he joined the office of sergeant-at-arms. In 2018, he was named to the top position.

Stenger got to know a lot of interesting people along the way. In fact, when he stepped down as head of the Secret Service’s Washington Field Office, he had one of his friends Tony Sirico call in on a speaker phone to say a few words. Sirico played the role of “Paulie Walnuts” on “The Sopranos.”

Trump Lunged at Secret Service Agent When Told He Couldn’t go to Capitol on Jan. 7, Aide Testifies

By Steve Neavling

Former President Trump wanted to join the Jan. 6 riot and lunged at a Secret Service agent in a limousine when he was told he couldn’t go, according to testimony by former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson. 

“I’m the ‘effing’ president, take me to the Capitol now!” Trump demanded, Hutchinson testified. 

Trump also tried to grab the steering wheel after he was told he couldn’t go to the Capitol, according to Hutchinson. 

After the testimony, the Homeland Security office of legislative affairs notified the House committee that the Secret Service will provide testimony from the agents who were there, according to CNN.

Those agents plan to deny that the incident occurred. 

FBI Has Two New Executive Assistant Directors at Headquarters

The FBI’s current headquarters in Washington D.C., named after J. Edgar Hoover.

By Steve Neavling

FBI Director Christopher Wray has named two new executive assistant directors at FBI headquarters. 

Jennifer L. Moore has been named executive assistant director of the Human Resources Branch, where she will oversee the Human Resources, Security, and Training Divisions and the Office of Disciplinary Appeals. 

Timothy Langan has been named executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch, where he will oversee the Criminal Investigative, Cyber, International Operations and Victim Services Divisions and the Critical Incident Response Group. 

Langan, who joined the FBI as a special agent in 1998, held various leadership positions, including assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division and special agent in charge of the Kansas City Field Office.

Moore, who began her career with the FBI in 1995, also held various leadership positions, including assistant director of the Security Division, special agent in charge of the Intelligence and Incident Response Division, and assistant director of the Security Division.