Obama to name ex-Mueller aide for security post

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Posted: Mar 17, 2011 6:49 PM

Lisa Monaco, a former chief of staff to FBI Director Robert Mueller and now a key Justice Department lawyer, will be nominated to become assistant attorney general for the department's national security division, the White House announced Thursday.

The division was created in 2006 to combat terrorism and other national security threats.

Currently, Monaco is the primary adviser to Deputy Attorney General James Cole on a broad range of criminal, national security and civil matters.

Monaco "has been dealing with all the issues the national security division worries about for years now," said J. Patrick Rowan, a former head of the division.

If confirmed by the Senate, Monaco will work with U.S. Attorneys' offices around the country, the FBI and the rest of the U.S. government's intelligence community.

"By virtue of her background, she knows all those organizations like the back of her hand," said Rowan.