The White House has nominated U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Kenneth Wainstein to head the Justice Department’s recently authorized National Security Division.

If confirmed by the Senate, Wainstein will take charge of a division that will stand at the forefront of the government’s fight against terrorism. The 210-person division will combine prosecutors from the DOJ Criminal Division’s counterespionage and counterterrorism sections with lawyers from the department’s Office of Intelligence Policy and Review, the group charged with reviewing wiretapping operations under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

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