E. W. Priestap

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Bill Priestap
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Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for Counterintelligence
In office
December 2015 – December 2018
Personal details
Edward William Priestap

(1969-04-05) April 5, 1969 (age 51)
Spouse(s)Sabina Menschel
RelativesRichard Menschel (father-in-law)
Ronay A. Menschel (mother-in-law)
Robert Menschel (uncle-in-law)
OccupationAttorney, intelligence official

Edward William Priestap[1], also known as Bill Priestap (born April 5, 1969)[2] is an American attorney and intelligence official. He was the assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division from 2015 to 2018.


Priestap earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Hillsdale College in 1991,[3] a master's degree in educational administration from Norwich University, a J.D. and a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Detroit-Mercy.[where?][4]


Priestap joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1998, and he was appointed as assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division in 2015.[4][5] In this role, he notably decided to open the Crossfire Hurricane investigation into the Trump campaign's potential collusion with Russian interference in the 2016 elections.[6] Priestap was involved with the investigations into Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.[7]

Priestap will not comply voluntarily to set before the Senate committee investigating criminal activity by the FBI. Senator Lindsey Graham has officially subpoenaed Priestap to set before the Senate committee investigating wrongful criminal behavior of the FBI leadership during “crossfire hurricane”. Priestap retired from the FBI in April 2019.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Priestap is married to Sabina Menschel, the current head of the Washington, D.C., office of Nardello & Co, a detective agency.[10] Menschel's father, Richard Menschel, is a Goldman Sachs investment banker, philanthropist and political donor, as is her uncle Robert Menschel.[10] His mother-in-law, Ronay A. Menschel, was a deputy mayor of New York City under Ed Koch.


  1. ^ "Prosecutors rest in Hamas case". Articles.chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  2. ^ United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (New York)
  3. ^ Hillsdale Alumni Magazines, Thursday, June 1, 1995, page 39
  4. ^ a b "Bill Priestap". CNBC. September 25, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  5. ^ Blinde, Loren (December 23, 2015). "E.W. Priestap named assistant director of the FBI counterintelligence division". Intelligence Community News. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  6. ^ Bump, Philip (December 9, 2019). "What Trump claimed about the Russia probe — and what the Justice Department inspector general determined". Washington Post.
  7. ^ Goldman, Adam; Benner, Katie (May 13, 2020). "Ex-F.B.I. Official Is Said to Undercut Justice Dept. Effort to Drop Flynn Case". MSN News via New York Times. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  8. ^ Tau, Byron (December 4, 2018). "Another High-Ranking FBI Official to Depart". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  9. ^ Burke, Michael (December 4, 2018). "Top FBI official Bill Priestap to retire". The Hill. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  10. ^ a b Friday, Frank (December 16, 2017). "How husbands and wives figure in the latest government scandal revelations". The American Thinker. Retrieved February 4, 2018.

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