Appointments, Confirmations & Budgets

Central Intelligence Agency / Ben Balter (background)

Beneath the high-profile conflicts over civil liberties or targeted killings, a myriad more mundane decisions lie at the intersection of national security and the law. Our constitutional process requires the advice and consent of the Senate for many high-level executive positions, including those responsible for national security, and each year, Congress must pass a budget that includes funding for the armed forces and intelligence agencies. Sometimes these confirmation and budgetary battles become proxy fights for larger and deeper disagreements, and often, they simply reflect the petty partisan politics of the age.

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Trump Announces Nominations for Senior DOJ Positions

According to a White House press release, President Trump will nominate Rod Rosenstein (U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland) as Deputy Attorney General, Rachel Brand (Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board and former Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy) as Associate Attorney General, and Steven Engel (former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel) as Assistant Attorney General. The press release is available below.

James N. Mattis

Clearing the Way to Clear the Way for Secretary Mattis

As noted here, a law forbidding retired military officer from serving as Secretary of Defense until seven years after retirement currently stands in the way of the Mattis nomination, and will require fresh legislation to overcome.  Now the path towards obtaining that legislation is beginning to come into focus.

Annals of the Trump Administration

Annals of the Trump Administration #4: The Statute Needed for Gen. Mattis to be SecDef

Over at War on the Rocks, I have a post explaining that a new statute will be needed in order for General Mattis to serve as Secretary of Defense.  It's been done once before, with George Marshall during the Truman Administration.

Appointments, Confirmations & Budgets

Matthew Waxman to be the New NSA General Counsel

Shane Harris breaks the fabulous news over at the Daily Beast:

Matthew Waxman, a law professor and former senior national security official in the George W. Bush administration, has been tapped to be the next general counsel for the National Security Agency, sources familiar with the matter told The Daily Beast on Friday.

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