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Ex-U.S. Atty. Who Charged John Edwards to Run for Congress

U.S. Atty. George Holding

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It didn’t take long for Raleigh U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding — who charged ex-Sen. John Edwards with campaign violations shortly before stepping down this month — to figure out what he wants to do next.

The former U.S. Attorney announced Wednesday that he plans to run for Congress in the 13th District in North Carolina, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. The seat is currently held by Dem Brad Miller.

“I’m committed to run for Congress,” Holding, 43, said, according to the paper. “Our nation faces its greatest problems ever, and the only way to solve them is to stop sending politicians to Washington and start sending public servants to Washington.”

Holding resigned July 8.

He was appointed the U.S. Attorney by President Bush in 2006.  The Obama administration let him stay on for more than 2 years so that he could complete the investigation into ex-Sen. John Edwards without interruption.

The trial is pending for Edwards.

Ex-U.S. Atty. Russell Millin Who was Appointed by Pres. Kennedy Dies at Age 88

Russell Millin/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Russell Millin, who served as U.S. Attorney in western Missouri under President Kennedy in the 60s, and was known as “Mr. Clean”, died Monday of natural causes at age 88, the Kansas City Star reported.

The Star reported in 1976 that Millin prosecuted more “big name criminals,” including mobsters, than any other U.S. attorney up to that time.

“He was a real presence as a U.S. attorney,” nephew Steve Millin said, according to the Kansas City Star.

Millin served as U.S. Attorney from in 1961 to 1967.

He made unsuccessful bid the Democratic nomination of Missouri attorney general in 1968 and for the Democratic nomination to the Missouri Senate in 1976.

In recent times, he was part of an ad hoc coalition of former and current Missouri law enforcement officials that opposed the death penalty.

FBI Agent Robert Foley to Head Up Administrative Division at Washington Field Office

Robert Foley/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Robert Foley is leaving FBI headquarters to move several blocks away to the Washington Field Office where he’ll become special agent in charge of the Administrative Division.

Foley, who most recently served as section chief of the Employee Development and Selection Program, Human Resources Division at headquarters, joined the FBI in September 1996.

He was first assigned to the Bridgeport Resident Agency, New Haven Division where he  investigated gangs and narcotics. matters. He was also a member of the New Haven Division SWAT team and served as a firearms instructor.

Foley transferred to the San Juan Division in 1999, where he investigated police corruption, gangs, and narcotics crimes.

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Ex-Conn. FBI Agent Mike Clark Who Arrested Politicians is Running for Congress

Mike Clark

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-FBI agent Mike Clark, who helped bring down two corrupt Connecticut mayors and a governor  wants to go to Congress.

The Associated Press reports that Clark, 56, has announced his candidacy for Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District, which includes wealthy Hartford suburbs and cities such as Waterbury and Danbury.

AP reported that he would become the third ex-FBI agent in Congress.

Clark has worked at Otis Elevator as manager of international investigations and compliance since he retired from the FBI in 2004, AP reported.

Clark is credited with helping send two Waterbury mayors to prison along with Conn. Gov. John G. Rowland.

“I’ve got this unique perspective that I’m bringing to the table,” Clark said, according to AP.

He Clark said the public won’t have to harbor concerns that he’ll be a crooked politician.

Senate Confirms U.S. Attys for N.C., Ala., Miss, Virgin Islands; Obama Nominates Miss. U.S. Attorney

Thomas Walker

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed  Thomas Walker for U.S. Attorney in Raleigh, N.C., according to WRAL.

Three other U.S. Attorneys were also confirmed, according to the website Main Justice: George Beck for the Middle District of Alabama; Felicia Adams for the Northern District of Mississippi; and Ronald Sharpe for the Virgin Islands.

Walker, who was in private practice, and was  previsously an assistant U.S. Attorney and an  assistant district attorney in Mecklenburg County, N.C., replaces  Bush-appointee George Holding who announced earlier this month that he will step down on July 8.

Holding stayed in office to oversee the criminal investigation into ex-Sen. John Edwards, who was recently indicted for alleged campaign fund irregularities.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday President Obama nominated Gregory Davis for the U.S. Attorney spot in Southern District of Mississippi.

He has been a member of the law firm Davis, Goss & Williams, PLLC since 1989. From 1987 to 1989, he was an associate attorney for the law firm Stamps & Stamps.

Finally:Pres. Obama Nominates 4 to Fill U.S. Attorney Spots in Texas

John Malcolm Bales/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Better late than never.

After taking criticism for taking so long, President Obama on Tuesday nominated people to fill the four U.S. Attorney spots in Texas.

The White House nominated Kenneth Magidson for the southern district, Sarah Ruth Saldaña for the northern district, Robert Lee Pitman for the western distirct and John Malcolm Bales for the eastern district.

The following is bios as written in a  White House Press release:

Malcolm Bales is the interim United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, a position he has held since 2009. Over the course of his career, Mr. Bales served within the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas as the Chief and Deputy Criminal Chief for the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (2009; 1992-1995), Assistant U.S. Attorney for Special Prosecutions (2006-2008), Chief of the Criminal Division (2003-2006), Attorney-in-Charge (1995-2003), and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (1989-1992). Mr. Bales also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado in 1995. From 1982 to 1989, Mr. Bales was a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mr. Bales was an attorney for Hancock, Piedfor, Galton, McGill from 1981 to 1982. Mr. Bales graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977 and the University of Texas School of Law in 1980.

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Sen. Confirms Dep. Atty. Gen. James Cole and 2 Others

James Cole/law firm

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Senate on Tuesday delivered the long awaited confirmation of Deputy Attorney Gen. James Cole.

By a vote of 55-42, the Senate confirmed Cole, 59, who had been nominated by the White House more than a year ago. But he bumped up against Republican opposition, so President Obama ended up giving him a recess appointment in December.

The Senate on Tuesday also confirmed Lisa Monaco, as Assistant Attorney General for National Security and Virginia Seitz, as Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Legal Counsel.

“I am pleased the Senate moved to confirm Jim, Lisa and Virginia, following their appointments by President Obama,” Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said in a statement. “I’m confident they will provide invaluable leadership to the department, and will play a critical role in protecting the American people, ensuring the fairness and integrity of our financial markets and restoring the traditional missions of the department.”

Cole  first joined the department in 1979 as part of Attorney General’s Honors Program and served there for 13 years – first as a trial attorney in the Criminal Division, and later as the Deputy Chief of the Division’s Public Integrity Section.

He entered private practice in 1992, and became a partner with Bryan Cave LLP in 1995, specializing in white collar defense.

In 2005, he was  appointed as an independent monitor at the insurance company AIG to review five years of transactions following a settlement with regulators involving allegations the company was setting up sham transactions to hide losses.

In 2006, he was charged with developing financial reporting and regulatory compliance programs at AIG.

More Shakeups at ATF

Mark Potter/atf photo

Mark Potter/atf photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Besides the anticipated change at the top at ATF, other changes are coming.

Ronald B.  Turk, special agent in charge of the New York office, has been named Deputy Assistant Director  for Field Operations for the Central Region of  the U.S.

Mark Potter, head of the Philly office, has been named Deputy Assistant Director for Field Operations for the Western Region of the U.S. and International Operations.

And Gregory K.  Gant, special agent in charge of the Atlanta office, has been named Deputy Assistant Director for Public and Governmental Affairs.  Those changes are due to take effect in August.

In Phoenix, in eye of the hurricane, where “Operation Fast Furious” was run, Thomas E. Brandon, who headed the Detroit office, has already been permanently assigned there to try and clean up the mess and raise morale.

He replaces William D. Newell, who was supposed to become the ATF attache for Mexico. But Newell has been temporarily assigned to Washington to supposedly help in the Congressional inquiry into Operation Fast and Furious.

Ken Melson, acting head of ATF, is expected to be replaced by Andrew Traver, who has been nominated for the permanent spot.   Traver met Tuesday afternoon with Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr.

On top of that change, some think it’s just a matter of time before the second in command, William J. Hoover, is replaced.