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Kenneth Wainstein -- Department of Justice
Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division

Kenneth L. Wainstein was sworn in as the first Assistant Attorney General for National Security on September 28, 2006. Mr. Wainstein served as the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia from May 2004 until his present appointment. Before that, he held senior positions in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, serving as Chief of Staff to the Director from March 2003 to May 2004, and as General Counsel from July 2002 to March 2003. From August 2001 to July 2002, Mr. Wainstein was the Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys at the Department of Justice, where he provided oversight and support to the 94 United States Attorney’s Offices and acted as liaison between the United States Attorneys and the leadership and other components of the Department of Justice. Mr. Wainstein served as the interim United States Attorney for the District of Columbia between April and August of 2001. Mr. Wainstein began his Justice Department career in 1989 as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted a variety of matters, including narcotics, fraud, and public corruption cases. In 1993, Mr. Wainstein transferred to the United States Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia, where he served for nine years. As a line prosecutor and Deputy Chief of the Homicide Section between 1994 and 1999, he specialized in the prosecution of federal racketeering cases against violent street gangs and narcotics organizations. He later served as Deputy Chief of the Superior Court Division and as Principal Assistant United States Attorney, and was awarded the Director’s Award for Superior Performance in 1997 and 2000. Mr. Wainstein is a 1984 graduate of the University of Virginia, and a 1988 graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. He clerked for Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

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