Trump names Justice Department landing team

Trump names Justice Department landing team
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE on Monday announced that three former government lawyers will join his Department of Justice (DOJ) landing team, two of whom served in the department’s national security division.

All three — Patrick Rowan, Jessie Liu and Ronald Tenpas — currently work in private practice. None donated to Trump's campaign, according to FEC filings.

Rowan, an 18-year veteran of the DOJ, led the agency’s national security unit during the George W. Bush years.

In that role, Rowan supervised DOJ appearances in the clandestine Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court as well as the agency’s oversight of intelligence collection.

He has been a vocal defender of the Patriot Act, testifying before Congress in 2011 on the value of three provisions in the law that were ultimately granted a four-year extension under President Obama.

He is currently in private practice at McGuireWoods.

Liu, from the law firm Morrison & Foerster, was deputy chief of staff in the DOJ’s National Security division, as well as deputy assistant attorney general in the department’s Civil Rights division.

According to her official biography, she now focuses on defending companies and individuals facing government investigations or enforcement action. She backed Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOn The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week Trump declares national emergency at border Democrats veer left as Trump cements hold on Republicans MORE (R) for president, according to FEC filings.

Ronald Tenpas also comes from a Justice Department background, and was reportedly seen as a possible leadership pick for Trump’s Justice Department.

A Bush nominee to Justice, Tenpas headed the Environment and Natural Resources division, representing the EPA — among other agencies — and advising the administration on “policy and litigation risks associated with the environmental laws.”

He was at the helm during the initiation of hundreds of eminent domain cases on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security to secure lands along the border between the U.S. and Mexico for the construction of a security fence, according to the agency.

At Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, he represents clients in criminal investigations related to alleged environmental violations.

He backed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s bid for the White House, according to FEC filings.