Almost lost in the maelstrom of other news yesterday, the White House sent seventeen new Presidential nominations to the Senate, including the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division and four agency general counsels.
Included in this group is Charles “Cully” Stimson to be General Counsel of the Navy. Cully is a contributor to Lawfare and is well-known to many Lawfare readers. He directs the Heritage Foundation’s National Security Program and has written and spoken extensively on a range of national and homeland security issues, including FISA, detainees, and military prosecutions. His most recent contribution is a thoughtful paper discussing the legal complexities of detaining ISIS members under the 2001 AUMF. Cully is a Navy JAG officer and previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs.
Cully is well-qualified to be General Counsel of the Navy. I hope he will be confirmed quickly.