Biden taps 'Yellen to join climate czar Kerry, 1st woman intel boss & national security adviser tied to Hillary scandal'

PRESIDENT-elect Joe Biden has reportedly selected former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to run the Treasury Department.

The Wall Street Journal reported the news on Monday, just after Biden released his picks for six other Cabinet-level positions as he transitions in to the White House.

If confirmed by the Senate, Yellen would be the first woman to hold the position of Treasury secretary.

Yellen was also the first woman to chair the Fed, a position she held for four years during the Obama administration.

Biden confirmed that he's going to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state.

Blinken served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser during former President Barack Obama's years in office.


Biden has also decided who he wants to serve as or run: Homeland Security, United Nations ambassador, special presidential envoy for climate change, director of national intelligence, and national security adviser.

John Kerry – a Vietnam War vet, former secretary of state, and senator who ran for president in 2004 and lost to George W Bush – has been nominated to lead the Biden administration's climate change effort.

Kerry tweeted on Monday: "America will soon have a government that treats the climate crisis as the urgent national security threat it is."

"I'm proud to partner with the President-elect, our allies, and the young leaders of the climate movement to take on this crisis as the President's Climate Envoy."

Alejandro Mayorkas will be nominated as the secretary for the Homeland Security – the first-ever Latino and immigrant to serve as secretary.

Biden has chosen Avril Haines to serve as the director of national intelligence, and Linda Thomas-Greenfield, as the US ambassador to the United Nations.

Haines served as the deputy CIA director from 2013 to 2017, and was the first woman to hold that office – and is the first woman nominated to lead the intelligence community.

He will also nominate Jake Sullivan to serve as national security adviser.


According to the Daily Caller, Sullivan "was a key figure" in Hillary Clinton's email scandal, when he served as one of her top policy advisers.

The scandal while Clinton served as secretary of state involved her and her aides using a private server to send emails with classified information.

After his time with Clinton, he served as then-Vice President Biden's national security adviser.

Sullivan tweeted on Monday: "President-elect Biden taught me what it takes to safeguard our national security at the highest levels of our government."

"Now, he has asked me to serve as his National Security Advisor. In service, I will do everything in my power to keep our country."

Biden has pledged to build the most diverse government in modern history, and he and his team often speak about their desire for his administration to reflect America.

He's being watched to see whether he will make history by nominating the first woman to lead the Pentagon, the Treasury Department, or the Department of Veterans Affairs, or the first African American at the top of the Defense Department, the Interior Department or the Treasury Department.

On Sunday, Biden's incoming Chief of Staff Ron Klain said the Trump administrating's refusal to clear the way for Biden’s team to have access to key information about agencies and federal dollars for the transition is taking its toll on planning, including the Cabinet selection process.

Trump’s General Services Administration, Emily Murphy, has yet to acknowledge that Biden won the election – a determination that would remove those roadblocks.

Several prominent Republicans have broken with Trump in recent days, saying that Biden is the president-elect and the transition process needs to move ahead.

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