The New York Times reports that President Trump plans to appoint Stephen A. Feinberg, co-founder of Cerberus Capital Management, to spearhead a broad review of American intelligence agencies. Feinberg is currently a member of Mr. Trump’s economic advisory counsel.
It is widely believed that this move is a response to U.S. intelligence agencies leaking damaging information to the press about Michael T. Flynn, Trump’s Fmr. National Security Advisor. The leaked intel consisted of Flynn – prior to his appointment as National Security Advisor – illegally speaking with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about sanctions imposed by the Obama administration against Russia in retaliation for its interference with the 2016 U.S. election. Flynn had previously denied that he spoke with Russia. After Flynn’s communications were leaked to the press, Trump had no choice but to request Flynn’s resignation.
There has been no formal announcement of Mr. Feinberg’s job with the White House. Feinberg recently told Cerberus’s shareholders, however, that he is in discussions to join the Trump administration.