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.
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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.
Most citizens assume that all of the law Congress writes is public. That is not, in fact, true. Our general norm of publishing law has a significant and largely overlooked legislative exception: classified addenda associated with three annual national security acts.
The downside to conservatives from making this election a referendum on Scalia's jurisprudence.
Garland is both a great jurist and has extensive and diverse national security experience.
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.
That's the news from the Pentagon this hour. Preston will step down from his position as General Counsel at the end of June to join the faculty at Yale Law School.
The Defense Department released the following statement:
From the FISC’s website:
“The Chief Justice has designated Judge James P. Jones of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia and Judge Thomas B. Russell of the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky to seven year terms on the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Their terms will commence May 19, 2015, and will conclude on May 18, 2022. They will replace Judges Mary A. McLaughlin and James B. Zagel, whose terms expire May 18, 2015.”
The confirmation hearing for President Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense, Dr. Ashton Carter, is just underway in the Senate Armed Services Committee. You can watch the hearing live below:
Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee began the first of two day-long hearings on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the next Attorney General of the United States.