Senate panel weighs subpoena for White House cyber czar

Saturday, 21 October 2017, 10:24:40 AM. The Senate Armed Services Committee is weighing whether to subpoena White House cybersecurity coordinator Rob Joyce after the Trump administration blocked him from testifying Thursday on Capitol Hill.

The Senate Armed Services Committee is weighing whether to subpoena White House cybersecurity coordinator Rob Joyce after the Trump administration blocked him from testifying Thursday on Capitol Hill.

“I request that you subpoena the appropriate White House official to appear before the Armed Services Committee to discuss efforts to defend the Nation from cyberattack,” Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Democrat, wrote in a letter Thursday addressed to committee leadership, The Hill first reported.

“It is troubling that the White House prevented the Cybersecurity Coordinator—the Administration’s top cybersecurity official—from testifying at [Thursday’s] hearing. This is unacceptable,” Mr. Nelson, the top Democrat on the Armed Services subcommittee on cybersecurity, wrote to Chairman John McCain, Arizona Republican, and ranking member Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat.

Mr. Joyce had been invited to testify at Thursday’s committee hearing, but the White House blocked his appearance citing both executive privilege and a precedent against having unconfirmed National Security Council staff testifying before Congress, Mr. McCain said.

“[Mr. Joyce] is in charge of one of the major challenges, major issues of our time and now he’s not going to be able to show up because he’s ‘counselor to the president,’” Mr. McCain said during Thursday’s hearing, calling his absence “a fundamental misalignment between authority and accountability in our government today when it comes to cyber.”

“The committee is going to have to get together and decide whether we’re going to sit by and watch the person in charge not appear before this committee,” Mr. McCain added. “That’s not constitutional.”

Thursday’s hearing on Capitol Hill centered around cybersecurity and featured testimony from members of the Defense Department, FBI and Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Joyce, a former director of the National Security Agency’s elite hacking division, the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) unit, was chosen in March to manage the Trump administration cybersecurity policy efforts.

“Cyberwarfare is one of the greatest threats to our Nation’s security,” Mr. Nelson wrote in his letter to committee leadership, The Hill reported. “Clearly, much more must be done to adequately defend the Nation, and it will require the leadership of the White House and cooperation with Congress.”

The White House did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

HIDE COMMENTS

blog comments powered by Disqus

Click to Read More

Click to Hide

Top Stories

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with President Obama in Hangzhou, China, on Sept. 5, 2016 in this file photo. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Putin’s rage triggered by Obama’s moves

Carter Page is representing himself in a libel suit against Yahoo News and HuffPost. (Associated Press)

Ex-Trump aides use FBI, ethics, court complaints to counter Russia collusion allegations

obj.0.content_object.caption

Quiz: US Citizenship Test - Could You Pass?

In this Oct. 16, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump listens to a questions prior to speaking to members of the media in the Rose Garden of the White House. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump demands answers about discredited dossier, suggests FBI may have funded the report

AT&T plans to buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion. (Associated Press)

Conservatives fear more left-leaning media with AT&T, Time Warner merger

obj.0.content_object.caption

Quiz: Test Your Civil War Knowledge

ADDS TRUMP'S RESPONSE TO REP. WILSON - In this Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, frame from video, Myeshia Johnson cries over the casket of her husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger, upon his body's arrival in Miami. President Donald Trump told the widow that her husband "knew what he signed up for," according to Rep. Frederica Wilson, who said she heard part of the conversation on speakerphone. In a Wednesday morning tweet, Trump said Wilson's description of the call was "fabricated." (WPLG via AP)

Political attack on Trump’s call to Green Beret’s widow ‘appalling,’ says White House

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell watches from the sidelines before an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

NFL’s Goodell says ‘everyone’ should stand for the national anthem

In this June 8, 2017 photo, former FBI director James Comey testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Trump is again tweeting about the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation. The latest burst came Wednesday morning in response to the FBI's release of a heavily blacked-out draft memo by then-Director James Comey in preparation of closing the investigation without criminal charges. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Push is on to disbar James Comey after Clinton scandal

In this Aug. 25, 2016, file photo, a a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis sits the grounds of the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves, File)

Jefferson Davis school in Mississippi to be renamed after Barack Obama

ap090421032401_primary_image.jpg

Conservatives in Hollywood: Celebrities who lean right

President Donald Trump looks down at his podium during a news conference with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump backs off from bipartisan Obamacare deal

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, accompanied by long time aide Cheryl Mills, right, arrives at Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. FBI Director James Comey tells Congress in a Nov. 6 letter, that a review of new Hillary Clinton emails has "not changed our conclusions" from earlier this year that she should not face charges. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Russia tables turn, roping Clinton, Obama, Holder, not Trump

converted 1911.jpg

21 best guns for home protection

James O'Keefe, founder of the conservative investigative group Project Veritas, released undercover video of Nicholas Dudich, The New York Times' audience strategy editor, bragging about his ability to slant the news.(Associated Press/File)

The New York Times’ social media policy only hides political bias, doesn’t eliminate it

The bearish market investor and editor of the "Gloom, Boom & Doom Report," Marc Faber, came under fire Tuesday after he reportedly made racially charged remarks in his latest newsletter, thanking God that the United States was colonized by white people. (CNBC)

Wall Street analyst Marc Faber: ‘Thank God white people populated America’

AP26539704575

Christians in Hollywood

President Trump still breaks the law and the "founding principles of this nation" with the latest version of his travel ban by singling out people by nationality, a federal judge in Hawaii said. (Associated Press/File)

Judge blocks Trump’s travel ban for third time

Newsletters

  •  Daily
  •  Weekly
  •  Pruden on Politics
  •  Charles Hurt

Find us on Facebook

Find us on Twitter

All site contents © Copyright 2017 The Washington Times, LLC|3600 New York Avenue NE | Washington, DC 20002 |202-636-3000
...Read more
Share this

You might also like

Similar