US Intelligence Director James Murray is retiring

US Intelligence Director James M. Murray will resign later this month after a 32-year career in the federal government and three years at the helm of the agency.

The 27-year Secret Service veteran has served as the agency’s chief executive since May 1, 2019, overseeing the agency through a record-breaking 42 guards deployed during the Trump administration, a presidential campaign and the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to Navigating through a series of controversies.

Murray’s departure comes amid ongoing questions over an alleged altercation between former President Donald Trump and his security detail ahead of the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol, which was described last week in a explosive congressional testimony by former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson. has been described in detail.

Hutchinson testified that she was told Trump lunged at a Secret Service agent and attempted to grab the wheel of his vehicle when agents refused to drive him to the Capitol. However, a source close to the Secret Service told CBS News that the two agents who were in the vehicle were prepared to contradict Hutchinson’s account under oath.

Earlier this year, four Secret Service officials were suspended after they were allegedly duped by two men accused by US prosecutors of posing as federal law enforcement officials.

However, the Secret Service veteran’s departure has been in the works for months, according to a source familiar with his next moves.

“Since the spring of 2019, Director Murray has successfully guided the agency through eight national special security events and nearly 20,000 international and domestic safeguards,” the agency said in a statement released Thursday afternoon. “During this time, the agency also recovered approximately $4.2 [billion] of fraud losses and saved an estimated $8.1 [billion] in additional losses from criminal enterprises.”

“I have benefited tremendously from the opportunity to rely on Director Murray as a trusted adviser and well-respected head of the Department of Homeland Security,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, whose department oversees U.S. intelligence, said in a statement. “I am grateful for his advice, judgment and steady hand through countless challenges we have faced.”

A native of New Jersey, he began his federal career in 1990 as an investigator with the US Department of Transportation while also serving as an officer in the US Army Reserves. Murray enlisted in the Secret Service in 1995, joining the New York field office as a special agent investigating cyber-assisted financial crimes and serving as a liaison with the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Since joining the agency almost three decades ago, Murray has moved through the agency’s ranks to offices in Washington, DC and Atlantic City, New Jersey. He formerly served as an assistant to the special agent in charge of the Presidential Protective Division, the team tasked with protecting the President and his motorcade. During his time with the US Secret Service, the agency has seen a transformation. No longer tasked solely with protecting the President, the first family, and the White House, the agency’s job has grown to accommodate an ever-growing list of threats, including cyberattacks and terrorist attacks.

Murray’s last day of federal service will be July 30, 2022. According to the source, he plans to join social media company Snap Inc. in the coming weeks.

First published on July 7, 2022 / 3:27 p.m

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