14 March 2014
CIA Caroline Krass Eyeball
WASHINGTON The Senate on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to confirm
President Obamas nominee to become the C.I.A.s top lawyer, as
senior lawmakers escalated pressure on the agencys director to make
public a voluminous report on the C.I.A.s defunct detention and
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. Feinsteins 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 Committees 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
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
Caroline Diane Krass was appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General
on February 8, 2011. On December 21, 2013, she became the Acting Assistant
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 Attorneys 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 bachelors degree from Stanford University in
1989 and her JD from Yale Law School in 1993.
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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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