CARLIN CONFIRMATION; Congressional Record Vol. 160, No. 57
(Senate - April 08, 2014)

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                          CARLIN CONFIRMATION

  Mrs. FEINSTEIN. Mr. President, I supported the confirmation of Mr. 
John Carlin to be Assistant Attorney General for National Security in 
the Department of Justice, DOJ.
  Mr. Carlin was serving as the Acting Assistant Attorney General for 
National Security, the top position in the National Security Division 
at the Department of Justice, which brings together the 
counterterrorism, intelligence, and counterintelligence efforts within 
  The National Security Division is also important because it reviews 
and approves requests to the FISA Court for surveillance authorities.
  Mr. Carlin has superb experience for the position to which he has 
been confirmed, having served as the Acting Assistant Attorney General 
since his

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predecessor, Lisa Monaco, went to the White House last year to be 
President Obama's top advisor for counterterrorism and homeland 
  Before his position as Acting Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Carlin 
was the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and chief of staff 
for the National Security Division. From 2007 to 2011, he served in 
leadership roles at the FBI, including as chief of staff to FBI 
Director Robert Mueller.
  Mr. Carlin also served in a variety of positions in the Department 
between 1999 and 2007, including as a career Federal prosecutor, where 
Mr. Carlin served as National Coordinator of DOJ's Computer Hacking and 
Intellectual Property, CHIP, program. Before that, he was an assistant 
U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, where he prosecuted cases 
ranging from homicide and sex crimes to cyber, fraud, and public 
corruption matters.
  In one noteworthy case, he obtained a guilty verdict against Modou 
Camara on charges of conspiracy, fraud, and money laundering, in 
connection with real estate transactions in which Camara persuaded 
unqualified buyers to submit fraudulent loan applications through a 
first-time homebuyer program run by the Department of Housing and Urban 
Development's, HUD, Federal Housing Administration, FHA. Through this 
scheme, Camara bought properties at low prices and sold them--usually 
on the same day that he purchased them--at an artificially inflated 
price for a large profit. When Camara's recruited purchasers failed to 
repay their loans, HUD was forced to reimburse the lender. HUD lost 
over $1 million due to Camara's scheme.
  As a prosecutor, he also obtained convictions in cases against a 
defendant who tortured and murdered a baby girl, a defendant who bribed 
former Congressman ``Duke'' Cunningham, and a defendant who was charged 
with first-degree murder.
  Mr. Carlin was approved by the Intelligence Committee on March 4, 
2014, and by the Judiciary Committee on February 6, 2014. Both 
committees received several letters in support of Mr. Carlin from 
senior officials and colleagues from both sides of the aisle.
  I fully support Mr. Carlin's confirmation.