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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Selecting an FBI Director Part 3

Having read, "FBI Director: Appointment and Tenure by Vivian S. Chu, Legislative Attorney and Henry B. Hogue, Specialist in American National Government, February 19, 2014," the document is not helpful in understanding the specific qualifications and requirements for evaluating a candidate's resume.

The document describes the process Senators employ to evaluate candidates as proposed by the President. It is a historical description and addresses how a President may elect to extend the appointment of an incumbent Director.

This is a big trouble indicator, an error of omission that is common throughout the selection of elected and appointed representatives.

In my process, as described in How to Select an American President by James A. George with James A. Rodger (c) 2017 Archway Publishing, one consideration is to examine the resumes of past incumbents.

That is a start. However, it is insufficient because the job requirements about specific knowledge and skills are advancing with the technology and emerging threats. We must introduce a predictive dimension to the evaluation process.

In the present scenario, having AG Jeff Sessions involved in the process is a non-starter. He has recused and should be excused or better still dismissed from government service.

The resumes of two former directors should be considered because they remain in the range of contemporary abilities.

Louis J. Freeh. President Clinton nominated former FBI agent, a federal prosecutor, and U.S. District Court Judge Louis J. Freeh of New York as FBI Director on July 20, 1993, the day following Sessions' removal. The Senate Committee on the Judiciary held one day of hearings and approved the nomination. The nomination was reported to the full Senate on August 3, and Freeh was confirmed on August 6, 1993. He was sworn in on September 1, 1993,21 and served until his voluntary resignation, which became effective June 25, 2001.

Louis Freeh
5th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
In office September 1, 1993 – June 25, 2001
President    Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
Preceded by    Floyd I. Clarke (Acting)
Succeeded by    Thomas J. Pickard (Acting)
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
In office May 30, 1991 – August 31, 1993
Appointed by    George H. W. Bush
Preceded by    Richard J. Daronco
Succeeded by    Shira Scheindlin
Personal details
Born    Louis Joseph Freeh
January 6, 1950 (age 67)
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
Spouse(s)    Marilyn Freeh
Children    6
Education    Rutgers University, New Brunswick (BA)
Rutgers University, Newark (JD)
New York University (LLM)

Robert S. Mueller III. On July 18, 2001, President George W. Bush nominated Robert S. Mueller III to succeed Freeh, and he was confirmed by the Senate on August 2, 2001, by a vote of
98-0.22 Mueller served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, and as the Acting Deputy U.S. Attorney General from January through May 2001. The
former Marine had also been U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts and served as a homicide prosecutor for the District of Columbia. Under President George Bush, Mueller was in charge of the Department of Justice’s criminal division during the investigation of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 and the prosecution of Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega. From 1973 through 2013, Mueller was the only FBI Director to be appointed to more than one term. P.L. 112-24, enacted on July 26, 2011, allowed the incumbent Director to be nominated for, Documents, vol. 14, February 27, 1978, at 396-97.
1U.S. President Reagan, “Federal Bureau of Investigation,” Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, vol. 23, November 9, 1987, at 1261-1263. 19 U.S. President Clinton, “Remarks on the Dismissal of FBI Director William Sessions and an Exchange With Reporters,” Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, vol. 29, July 26, 1993, at 1373-1374. 20 On the floor of the Senate, Senator Orrin G. Hatch praised Sessions' service and characterized the Administration’s reasons for removing the Director as “vague.” Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, remarks in the Senate, Congressional Record
Quarterly Almanac: 103rd Cong., 1st sess. ... 1993 (Washington: Congressional Quarterly, 1994) at 309. 21 U.S. President Clinton, “Remarks on the Swearing-In of Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Louis Freeh,” Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, vol. 29, September 6, 1993, at 1680-1862. 22 “Robert S. Mueller III to be Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” Congressional Record, daily edition, vol. 147, August 2, 2001, at S8680-S8691. 23 U.S. President G. W. Bush, “Remarks on the Nomination of Robert S. Mueller to be Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, vol. 37, July 9, 2001, at 1012-1013. 24 Peter Slevin, “Nominee Vows to Restore Faith in FBI,” Washington Post, July 31, 2001, at A4.  FBI Director: Appointment and Tenure
Congressional Research Service 6 and appointed to, an additional two-year term.25 After the bill was signed, Mueller was nominated
for this second term by President Barack Obama, and he was confirmed the following day by a vote of 100-0. Mueller’s two-year term expired on September 4, 2013.

Robert Mueller
Robert Swan Mueller III is an American lawyer who served as the sixth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Born: August 7, 1944 (age 72), New York City, NY
Battles and wars: Vietnam War
Education: Princeton University, University of Virginia, New York University, University of Virginia School of Law
Deputy: John S. Pistole, Timothy P. Murphy

There are three main things to consider:

Does the candidate have experience managing a very large law enforcement organization?
Does the candidate have a law degree from a highly-respected school?
Does the candidate have knowledge about cyber crimes and information technology?
Does the candidate have prosecutorial experience?
Does the candidate have judicial experience?
Is the candidate highly regarded in the peer community of law enforcement?
Is the candidate knowledgeabe about global affairs and international law enforcement?

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    By John Cassidy May 9, 2017

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