Several weeks ago we expressed our hope that the incoming administration and the national security community will work together to address the sweeping challenges created by climate change. We stressed two main ideas.
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Today the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced that it is launching a review of allegations regarding actions by the Department of Justice and the FBI in the runup to the 2016 election. The press release is here.
Issues under review:
Several points on the recently released cache of memos alleging communication between the Trump campaign and Russian officials and the possession by the Russian government of highly compromising material against Trump.
The President-elect has failed to divest from his business holdings, refused to release his tax returns, and insisted that a federal anti-nepotism law won’t bar his children—who themselves retain private business interests—from serving in his White House. Days before scheduled confirmation hearings, the majority of his nominees have failed to complete statutorily-mandated ethics review.
Starting at 9:30 this morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a confirmation hearing for Senator Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's pick for Attorney General. Video of the hearing is available below. A list of witnesses is available here.
In the month before the presidential election, soon-to-be First Lady Melania Trump announced her priority issue should her husband be elected President: cyberbullying. She apparently wasn’t joking. “Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough,” she said in describing the cyberbullying initiative she meant to lead.
Editor’s Note: The incoming administration's scorn for intelligence professionals is a matter of grave concern to many of us at Lawfare. I, for one, worry that the administration will conduct its foreign policy without understanding the dynamics of foreign governments, their attempts to mislead us, and emerging threats like cyber subversion. Joshua Rovner, a scholar of intelligence at Southern Methodist University, makes me even more concerned.
Yesterday 27 agency and department heads released exit memos reflecting on their progress and the work yet to be done. Below are links to seven memos of likely interest to our readers, along with the subheaders for those looking to get a quick rundown of points of emphasis and common themes.
(1) Ashton Carter, Department of Defense
Eight years ago, the Center for Strategic and International Studies published an influential report that was a blueprint for early cybersecurity policy development in the Obama Administration.
Multiple media outlets have confirmed that the President-elect has selected a nominee for Director of National Intelligence: former Senator Dan Coats (R-IN), who previously served on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.