A top official in the Deputy Attorney General’s office has emerged as the leading candidate to head the Justice Department National Security Division, National Public Radio reported Thursday.
Lisa Monaco, Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General, would succeed David Kris, who stepped down as the National Security Division Assistant Attorney General last week to join the private sector. Todd Hinnen is currently leading the division on an acting basis.
Deputy Attorney General James Cole chose Monaco as his Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General in January. She had held the post in an acting capacity since 2010 after spending about a year as an Associate Deputy Attorney General.
From 2007 to 2009, Monaco was a top adviser to FBI Director Robert Mueller. She held Deputy Chief of Staff, Counselor and Chief of Staff posts during her tenure at the FBI.
Monaco was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in D.C. from 2001 to 2007. During that time, she spent a stint as co-lead trial counsel in cases against former executives of Enron Broadband Services.
She also was counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno from 1998 to 2001, a clerk for Judge Jane Roth of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from 1997 to 1998 and a Senate Judiciary Committee aide under then-Chairman Joseph Biden from 1992 to 1994.
Monaco received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1990 and her law degree from the University of Chicago in 1997.
She would be the fourth permanent National Security Division Assistant Attorney General if she is nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate. The National Security Division was established in 2006.