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Pres. Obama Nominates 5 U.S. Marshals

u.s. marshal patchBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration pulled the trigger Thursday and nominated five U.S. Marshals.

The nominees include: Loren Carl for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Kerry Forestal for the Southern District of Indiana; Gerald Holt for the Western District of Virginia; Clifton Massanelli for the Eastern District of Arkansas; and Scott Parker for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

“These nominees have spent their careers risking their own safety to protect their fellow Americans,” President Obama said in a statement. “Their courage and selfless dedication to the public good are unparalleled, and I am honored to nominate them today to continue their work as U.S. Marshals.”

Here are the bios, according to a White House Press Release:

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FBI’s James McJunkin Named Assist. Dir. of Counterterrorism Division

James McJunkin/fbi photo

James McJunkin/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — FBI Agent James W. McJunkin is taking over the ever important spot at headquarters as assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division at headquarters.

He moves up from his post as one of the division’s deputy assistant directors.

“Jim has extensive experience and a record of success in managing counterterrorism investigations and creating successful partnerships, tools that will help the FBI, along with our partners, defeat the groups and individuals who wish to harm us,” FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said in a statement.

McJunkin started out with the FBI in 1987 and worked in the San Antonio, Atlanta, and Washington D.C. field offices, the FBI said.

In 2005, he became an assistant special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office and led the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).

In August 2006, Mr. McJunkin became the acting special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office Counterterrorism Division and after a couple more moves, he was named deputy assistant director for Counterterrorism Operations — Branch I in January 2008.

FBI Dir. Mueller Makes His Acting Chief of Staff John Carlin Permanent

Robert Mueller III/file photo

Robert Mueller III/file photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — John Carlin, the FBI director’s acting chief of staff for the past five months, has gotten the job on a permanent basis, the BLT: Blog of Legal Times reported.

Carlin has served as deputy chief of staff and counselor to the director “advising on a wide range of legal and policy matters in the national security, cyber, and criminal arenas,” according to the FBI.

A Harvard Law School graduate, he previously worked as an assistant U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington and as National Coordinator of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) program, according to the FBI.

Aaron Zebley takes over as deputy chief of staff, the legal blog reported.

FBI HQ Promotes Agents Michael Folmar and Tracy Reinhold

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — FBI agents Tracy Reinhold and Michael J. Folmar are moving up the food chain at FBI headquarters.

Reinhold becomes the FBI’s assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence, rising from the deputy assistant director.

Tracy Reinhold/fbi photo

Tracy Reinhold/fbi photo

Folmar becomes assistant director of the FBI’s Security Division. He most recently served as deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Training Division.

On Reinhold’s appointment, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said in a statement:

“Intelligence is the lifeblood of our organization; how we gather, analyze, and disseminate it internally and with our intelligence and law enforcement partners is critical to protecting our national security. Tracy’s leadership and expertise make him well-suited to oversee this crucial function.”

Reinhold became an agent on May 20, 1990 and started out at Columbia, S.C. office.

Folmar entered the FBI in December 1986 and was assigned to the Oklahoma City division.

Michael Folmar/fbi photo

Michael Folmar/fbi photo

Director Mueller had this to say about Folmar in a statement:

“The FBI’s Security Division is charged with ensuring the integrity and reliability of the FBI workforce, preserving a safe and secure work environment for FBI employees, and preventing the compromise of sensitive information. A 23-year veteran of the FBI, Mike Folmar brings a wealth of experience and the leadership skills to head up that effort.”

Read Tracy Reinhold Press Release

Read Michael Folmar Press Release

Calif. ATF Opens New Office in Imperial City to Help Combat Gun Trafficking to Mexico

govt photo

govt photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Los Angeles  has opened a new office in Imperial, Calif.,  to focus on Project Gunrunner, which targets illegal trafficking of arms to Mexico.

The ATF said the office, located  in the Southern California desert,  will include special agents, industry operations investigators and an intelligence research specialist.

“With the opening of our new office and the additional personnel assigned, ATF is significantly increasing its presence in the Imperial Valley,” Special Agent in Charge John A. Torres said in a statement. “We see ourselves as being part of this community and encourage the public to join us in a combined effort to rid our neighborhoods of gun traffickers and violent criminals.”

Looks Like Bush-Appointed U.S. Atty. Jim Letten in New Orleans Will Get the Nod

U.S. Atty Jim Letten/gov photo

U.S. Atty Jim Letten/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It looks like New Orleans U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, a Bush appointee, will be sticking around.

Reporter Bruce Alpert of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) said after meeting Thursday with Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. that he expects the Justice Department will soon “make clear that Jim Letten” will keep the job.

The paper reported that Vitter said the anticipated clarification about Letten’s job means “he will drop his holds on several of President Barack Obama’s Louisiana criminal justice nominees.”

Letten has the support of the state’s Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.

To read the full story click here.

Senate Judiciary Gives the Nod to U.S. Attorney Nominees for Calif, D.C., NY

D.C. nominee Ronald Machen

D.C. nominee Ronald Machen

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee gave a unanimous nod Thursday to three U.S. Attorney nominees.

The nominees include Andre Birotte, Jr. for the Central District of California; Richard Hartunian for the Northern District of New York and Ronald Machen for Washington D.C.

The three must now be confirmed by the full Senate.

Ex-Fed Prosecutor Zane Memeger Expected to Get Philly U.S. Atty. Post; Charles Oberly Expected to Get Delaware

Zane Memeger/law firm photo
Zane Memeger/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON –After months of speculation and uncertainty, it appears former federal prosecutor Zane D. Memeger, a partner in a big city law firm, is expected to be nominated as U.S. Attorney in Philly, the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting.

The Inquirer reports that Memeger was a assistant U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia for 11 years before joining the  law firm of Morgan Lewis in 2006 in its Philadelphia office.

The paper also reported that Charles M Oberly III, a former state attorney general, is likely to get the nod from President Obama for the U.S. Attorney job in Delaware.

To read more click here.