CNN legal analyst joins DOJ's national security division

CNN legal analyst joins DOJ's national security division
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A CNN legal analyst and outspoken critic of the Trump administration is joining the Justice Department's national security division.

Susan Hennessey, the executive editor of the widely read Lawfare site and a former attorney with the National Security Agency, announced the move on Twitter Monday morning.

Hennessey, who's also a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a frequent guest on CNN, has written extensively about the Trump administration, criticizing the Department of Justice under former Attorney General William BarrBill BarrMedia leaders to meet with Garland to discuss leak investigations Trump DOJ subpoenaed Apple for records of White House lawyer: report Pelosi: Trump DOJ seizure of House Democrats' data ' goes even beyond Richard Nixon' MORE and former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting Senate investigation of insurrection falls short MORE's conduct throughout the special counsel investigation and congressional impeachment inquiries.


According to Politico, which first reported the move, Hennessey will be serving as senior counsel for the department's national security wing.

A spokesman for the Justice Department did not immediately respond when asked for comment.

As the top editor at Lawfare, Hennessey helped grow the site from a "wonky national-security blog," in the words of a New York Times profile, to a widely read destination for legal analysis from high-profile professors and former government officials.

The site was started in 2010 by Benjamin Wittes, a former editorial writer for The Washington Post; Jack Goldsmith, a Harvard law professor and former George W. Bush administration lawyer; and University of Texas law professor Robert Chesney.