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Washington Post Editorial Edorses 2 Ex-Justice Dept. Lawyers — Ken Wainstein and James Comey– to be Next FBI Director

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A Washington Post editorial on Tuesday praised FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III and endorsed two people who have been mentioned as possible replacements when Mueller’s 10-year term expires in September.

Kenneth Wainstein

The Post said the White House should seriously consider as replacements former deputy Attorney General James B. Comey, who worked under President George W. Bush, and Kenneth Wainstein, a former D.C. U.S. Attorney, who also worked as first chief of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

The editorial mentions that Comey and Mueller were among those who protested the the Bush administration’s policies regarding its terrorist surveillance program.

The Post wrote: “Mr. Mueller was joined in that protest by then-Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey, who is said to be under consideration for the director’s slot. It was Mr. Comey, who spent years as a federal prosecutor in New York and Virginia, who first rebuffed White House attempts to skirt the surveillance issues. This kind of backbone in the face of enormous political pressure speaks well of Mr. Comey’s prospects for keeping the bureau above the political fray should he get the nod.”

As for Wainstein, the editorial stated:

“The administration is also wise to consider Kenneth L. Wainstein, who is perhaps the candidate most closely associated with Mr. Mueller. Mr. Wainstein, a respected veteran federal prosecutor, has the most wide-ranging national security experience — an important characteristic for any director. Mr. Wainstein worked at the FBI under Mr. Mueller, first as general counsel and later as the director’s chief of staff. He became U.S. attorney in the District and fully burnished his national security credentials as the first chief of the Justice Department’s National Security Division and as President George W. Bush’s homeland security adviser.”

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NY Car Bomb Suspect Could Be Talking His Way to Less Prison Time

Faisal Shahzad/cnn

Faisal Shahzad/cnn

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

WASHINGTON — Talk may be cheap, but for New York car bomb suspect Faisal Shahzad, yapping to the feds, and doing so without a lawyer, could potentially pay off in the form of a lighter sentence, legal experts say.

Just how much lighter is anyone’s guess, though clearly he’s not likely to be a free man any time soon. Or for that matter, when the Yankees celebrate their 10th anniversary in the new stadium in the Bronx in 2019, or perhaps even their 20th anniversary.

Justice Department officials say Shahzad, a naturalized American citizen from Pakistan, has been talking to investigators and offering valuable information ever since he was pulled off a plane at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on May 3, two days after he allegedly placed a failed car bomb inside a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder in Times Square.

{Update: A U.S. Magistrate Judge in Manhattan on Tuesday assigned Shahzad a court-appointed attorney from the federal defender office at his arraignment. Shahzad had been talking to investigators for the past two weeks without an attorney}

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Emails May Provide Insights Into Shahzad (AOL News)