By James Risen & Matthew Rosenberg @ New York Times, Feb. 15
Stephen A. Feinberg, the billionaire co-founder of Cerberus Capital Management, appears to be President Trump’s choice.
Some see this as a way for Mr. Trump to get inside a world he has viewed with suspicion. It has raised anxiety within the agencies that the review could curtail their independence.
[....] There has been no announcement of Mr. Feinberg’s job, which would be based in the White House, but he recently told his company’s shareholders that he is in discussions to join the Trump administration. He is a member of Mr. Trump’s economic advisory council.
Mr. Feinberg, who has close ties to Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, and Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, declined to comment on his possible position. The White House, which is still working out the details of the intelligence review, also would not comment.
[....] Mr. Bannon and Mr. Kushner, according to current and former intelligence officials and Republican lawmakers, had at one point considered Mr. Feinberg for either director of national intelligence or chief of the Central Intelligence Agency’s clandestine service, a role that is normally reserved for career intelligence officers, not friends of the president. Mr. Feinberg’s only experience with national security matters is his firm’s stakes in a private security company and two gun makers [....]
Makes perfect sense, eh? I can't imagine anyone more perfect for the job! And hey, Trump supporters: he just screams man of the people? So far out of the box you can't see any boxes anymore?