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14 March 2014

CIA Caroline Krass Eyeball

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to confirm President Obama’s nominee to become the C.I.A.’s top lawyer, as senior lawmakers escalated pressure on the agency’s director to make public a voluminous report on the C.I.A.’s defunct detention and interrogation program.

The vote to confirm Caroline D. Krass as the C.I.A.’s general counsel comes amid a bitter public battle between the agency and the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, who this week accused the C.I.A. of monitoring the computers used by her staff to compile the report.

The chairwoman, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, joined the rest of her Democratic colleagues in voting to confirm Ms. Krass. The final vote was 95 to 4.

One of Ms. Feinstein’s allies in her fight against the C.I.A., Senator Mark Udall of Colorado, characterized his vote on Thursday less as an endorsement of Ms. Krass than as a vote for change at the spy agency.

Mr. Udall has criticized Robert Eatinger, the C.I.A.’s acting general counsel, for referring a criminal case to the Justice Department about the conduct of the Intelligence Committee’s staff.

Mr. Udall and Ms. Feinstein have said that Mr. Eatinger has a conflict of interest in the matter, since he was a lawyer overseeing the detention and interrogation program, and his name is mentioned about 1,600 times in the committee’s report.


2014-0409.htm  CIA Robert Eatinger Eyeball  March 13, 2014

General Information Office of Legal Counsel

Caroline Diane Krass
Acting Assistant Attorney General
Office of Legal Counsel
(202) 514-2051

Caroline Diane Krass was appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General on February 8, 2011. On December 21, 2013, she became the Acting Assistant Attorney General.

Ms. Krass served as Special Counsel to the President for National Security Affairs and Deputy Legal Adviser at the National Security Council from January 2009 through December 2010. Before that, she served for nine years in the Office of Legal Counsel, first as an Attorney Adviser and later as Senior Counsel. She served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the National Security Section of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia from 2007 to 2009 and as Deputy Legal Adviser at the National Security Council from 1999-2000. Earlier in her career, she served as the Special Assistant to the General Counsel at the Department of the Treasury and as an Attorney Adviser at the Department of State. She clerked for Judge Patricia M. Wald on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Ms. Krass received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in 1989 and her JD from Yale Law School in 1993.

Updated: January 2014

By delegation from the Attorney General, the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel provides authoritative legal advice to the President and all the Executive Branch agencies. The Office drafts legal opinions of the Attorney General and also provides its own written opinions and oral advice in response to requests from the Counsel to the President, the various agencies of the Executive Branch, and offices within the Department. Such requests typically deal with legal issues of particular complexity and importance or about which two or more agencies are in disagreement. The Office also is responsible for providing legal advice to the Executive Branch on all constitutional questions and reviewing pending legislation for constitutionality.

All executive orders and proclamations proposed to be issued by the President are reviewed by the Office of Legal Counsel for form and legality, as are various other matters that require the President's formal approval.

In addition to serving as, in effect, outside counsel for the other agencies of the Executive Branch, the Office of Legal Counsel also plays a special role within the Department itself. It reviews all proposed orders of the Attorney General and all regulations requiring the Attorney General's approval. It also performs a variety of special assignments referred by the Attorney General or the Deputy Attorney General.

The Office of Legal Counsel is not authorized to give legal advice to private persons.

By delegation, the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) exercises the Attorney General's authority under the Judiciary Act of 1789 to provide the President and executive agencies with advice on questions of law. OLC's core function, pursuant to the Attorney General's delegation, is to provide controlling advice to Executive Branch officials on questions of law that are centrally important to the functioning of the Federal Government. In performing this function, OLC helps the President fulfill his or her constitutional duties to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution, and to "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed." It is thus imperative that the Office's advice be clear, accurate, thoroughly researched, and soundly reasoned. The value of OLC advice depends upon the strength of its analysis. OLC must always give candid, independent, and principled advice—even when that advice is inconsistent with the aims of policymakers. This memorandum reaffirms the longstanding principles that have guided and will continue to guide OLC attorneys in all of their work, and then addresses the best practices OLC attorneys should follow in providing one particularly important form of controlling legal advice the Office conveys: formal written opinions.

CIA Caroline Krass Eyeball





WEDDINGS; William Passmore, Caroline Krass

Published: October 25, 1998

Caroline Diane Krass, a lawyer, and William John Passmore, a management consultant, were married yesterday in Washington. The Rev. David B. Wolfe, an Episcopal priest, performed the ceremony at the National Cathedral.

The bride, 30, works in the office of legal counsel at the Justice Department in Washington. She graduated from Stanford University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received a law degree from Yale University.

She is the daughter of Dr. Allan S. Krass and Dr. Elaine L. Morton, both of Washington, and the stepdaughter of Dr. Dorothy S. Krass. The bride's father, who retired as a professor of natural sciences at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., is now a physicist and policy analyst of proliferation and international nuclear issues at the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in Washington. Her mother, who retired as a member of the policy planning staff at the State Department, is a foreign-affairs consultant at the Petroleum Finance Company, a strategic planning concern in Washington. The bride's stepmother is the public-education program manager at the Society for American Archeology in Washington.

The bridegroom, 34, is a partner in the Washington office of McKinsey & Company, the management consulting firm. He graduated from Imperial College of Science and Technology at the University of London and received an M.B.A. from Stanford. He is a son of Patricia and Stanley Passmore of Oxfordshire, England. The bridegroom's father is a retired farmer and agricultural economist.






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