Monaco, 44, who oversaw the National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice before leaving in March to become U.S. President Barack Obama's top counter-terrorism adviser, is one of several people under consideration for the top FBI position, The Washington Post reported Sunday.
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, 68, who began his tenure the week before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and has overseen the bureau's transformation into a worldwide counter-terrorism operation, will step down Sept. 4, the newspaper said.
Monaco would be the first woman to lead the FBI. She was counsel to former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia and Mueller's chief of staff at the FBI before her National Security Division position.
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