March 01, 2018

Trump’s Spy Chief Nominee to Face Grilling Over Russia Responses

Featuring Michael Sulmeyer

Source: Bloomberg Politics

Journalist Nafeesa Syeed

President Donald Trump’s departing military cyber chief stunned lawmakers this week when he said he was never asked by the White House to counter ongoing Russian efforts to interfere in U.S. elections.

Now, with the first congressional primaries taking place this month, Trump’s nominee to lead the secretive National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command is assuring lawmakers he has plans to do so.

Army Lieutenant General Paul Nakasone, nominated by Trump to head both intelligence agencies, faced the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday for his confirmation hearing. He was pressed about whether the U.S. is doing enough to deter attacks from Russia and other nations and what choices he will provide the president -- who continues to call probes of Russian interference a “witch hunt” -- to fight back.

Read the full article in Bloomberg Politics.


  • Michael Sulmeyer

    Former Adjunct Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Michael Sulmeyer is the Belfer Center's Cyber Security Project Director at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also a Contributing Editor for the national security blog Lawfare....