For Immediate Release: March 8, 2022
Statement on Nomination of Kate Heinzelman as General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency
Today, following President Joe Biden’s nomination of Kate Heinzelman to serve as the General Counsel for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), CIA Director William Burns released the following statement:
“I am delighted by Kate’s nomination, and look forward to her returning to the Intelligence Community and serving in this critical role. Her experience and impressive legal talent will serve the Agency well. If confirmed, she will lead a dedicated legal team providing critical advice and counsel on CIA’s activities to ensure the lawful execution of our mission. We wish Kate a smooth confirmation and look forward to welcoming her into the CIA family.”
Ms. Heinzelman currently serves as Chief Counselor in the Office of the Attorney General at the Department of Justice (DOJ), and previously served in DOJ’s National Security Division, the Office of the White House Counsel, and the Department of Health and Human Services. She was a law clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court and to Judge Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She was also in private practice with the international firm Sidley Austin, and, earlier in her career, worked on intelligence issues as a staff member in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and on the President’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission.