Anyone know who Merrick Garland's chief of staff is?
2. I don't think Matt Klapper has never been a prosecutor. My guess is that this appointment came from the @WhiteHouse and not Garland's choice. I remember when Janet Reno wanted to move my brother to chief of staff after he completed the Iraq-gate investigation.
3. He and I spoke of it and the political dynamics of the job. It looked like Klapper was with the AG today. Unclear what level of involvement he will have on prosecutions. I expect that the prosecutorial decisions will be left to Lisa Monaco who coincidentally took the
4. job as Counsel to AG Reno, my brother's first DOJ job. Deputy AG Monaco has been on duty for about three weeks. We have seen how fast she acted to go after the Colonial Pipeline attack. For people who are frustrated about how the DOJ is moving on the last
5. administration's criminal activity, Garland learned how to run the DOJ in an environment where the AG delegated key decisions to the people around her. The lousy jobs all went to my brother John. So did the treasure. Janet once told me that the thing that made
6. John an effective manager was the way he made a decision. After he had the facts he made a decision and never passed the buck. At this stage in AG tenure, a Chief of Staff can be like James Colburn's character in the original movie Midway. Sent by FDR to keep an eye on Nimitz.

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