Lisa Monaco, who stepped down last month as head of the National Security Division, has been suggested as a strong contender to replace her former boss, FBI Director Robert Mueller, when he leaves the bureau later this year, The Washington Post reported.
Monaco left the Justice Department last month to become the White House’s deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism. She came to DOJ headquarters in 2009 after a stint as chief of staff to Mueller.
Other names on the short-list to replace Mueller include James B. Comey, Deputy Attorney General during the Bush administration; Merrick B. Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Neil MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Patrick J. Fitzgerald, former U.S. Attorney in Chicago.
“For the last four years, Lisa has been one of my most trusted advisors on national security matters and I am thrilled by this announcement,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement when Monaco departed Justice. ”Lisa has no rival when it comes to her dedication to this nation, her experience in national security issues and her excellent judgment.”
Monaco is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. In the 2000s, she served on a task force prosecuting fraud at the energy and commodities trading firm Enron, including serving as co-lead counsel in the trial of five former executives.
As the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General, Monaco advised the department’s No. 2 official on criminal, national security and other matters. She was tapped to head the National Security Division in 2011, after Assistant Attorney General David Kris resigned in March of that year. The Senate confirmed Monaco to head the NSD in June 2011.
Monaco was also a counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno from 1998 to 2001.