The President has just nominated Caroline Krass to be General Counsel of the CIA, to succeed Stephen Preston.
Although late in coming, this is an excellent appointment. Caroline is currently the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel and has twenty years of experience in international and national security law in several different departments, having begun her career in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the State Department. Here’s Caroline’s bio, from the official White House nomination:
Caroline Diane Krass is currently Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice, a position she has held since February 2011. She served as Acting Assistant Attorney General in 2011. Previously, she served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Special Counsel to the President. From 2007 to 2008, she served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney within the National Security Section at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. She served as Senior Counsel in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice from 2000 to 2007, and previously served as an Attorney-Advisor in that office. From 1999 to 2000, she served as Deputy Legal Adviser at the National Security Council. From 1996 to 1997, she served as Special Assistant to the General Counsel at the Department of the Treasury, and she served as Attorney-Adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the Department of State from 1994 to 1996. Ms. Krass clerked for the Honorable Patricia M. Wald on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She received a B.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
If confirmed, Caroline will be reunited with CIA Director John Brennan and Deputy Director (and former NSC Legal Adviser) Avril Haines.
Now we just need a new Legal Adviser for the State Department…