Biden wanted to appoint a CIA head to develop sanctions against Russia

Biden wanted to appoint a CIA head to develop sanctions against Russia

Joseph Biden, the U.S. elected president from the Democratic Party of Congress, wants to appoint David Cohen, the head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), who previously worked on developing sanctions against Russia and investigating “interference” in the elections by Moscow.

It is specified that Biden has not yet made a final decision, it will depend on the distribution of other positions, in particular, the head of the Ministry of Justice and head of the Pentagon. However, according to the publication, key advisers have stated Biden’s sympathy for Cohen. In addition, National Intelligence candidate Evril Haynes approved his candidacy.

The second candidate for the post of CIA director remains Michael Morrell. According to the newspaper, under the predecessor of current U.S. President Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Morrell was deputy head of the agency and twice performed his duties. However, some lawmakers are against his candidacy because in the past he supported programs that involved torture.

In 2015-2017, Cohen, according to The New York Times, participated in a joint investigation of the CIA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security attributed to Russia interference in the 2016 presidential election, where Trump won. In addition, while working for the Ministry of Finance, he oversaw issues related to sanctions against Russia and Iran.

Earlier it was reported that Biden has identified a candidate for Secretary of State of the country. The post may be held by Tony Blinken, a diplomat and longtime ally of Biden. Other candidates include Senators Chris Kus and Chris Murphy, former First Deputy Secretary of State and Ambassador to Russia William Burns and former Obama’s national security advisor Susan Rice.