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John Carlin Nominated To DOJ's Top National Security Post

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WASHINGTON -- John P. Carlin, the acting assistant attorney in charge of the Justice Department's National Security Division, was nominated by President Barack Obama to take over the role on a permanent basis on Tuesday.

Carlin has been serving as DOJ's top national security lawyer since March, when he took over for Lisa Monaco, who moved on to become the president's chief counterterrorism advisor.

Here's Carlin's biography, courtesy of the White House:

John P. Carlin is the Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the Department of Justice (DOJ), a position he has held since March 2013. In addition, he has been the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff for the National Security Division since 2011. From 2007 to 2011, he served in leadership roles at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), ultimately serving as Chief of Staff to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III. A career federal prosecutor, he served in 2007 as National Coordinator of the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property program within the DOJ Criminal Division. From 2001 to 2006, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. Mr. Carlin first joined DOJ through the Attorney General's Honors Program in 1999. He is a five-time recipient of the Department of Justice Award for Special Achievement. He received a B.A. from Williams College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.