Samir Jain, ex-Obama official, to lobby for Chinese firm sued by FBI

Samir Jain, a former senior director for cybersecurity policy at the White House National Security Council under Obama administration, will be lobbying for Shenzhen-based Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei that has been linked by FBI to both the Chinese military and intelligence agencies.

News reports said Jain, a Harvard law school graduate who also worked as an associate deputy attorney general in the Justice Department from May 2014 to December 2015, notified Congress on March 27 that he is registering as a lobbyist for Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

Jain currently is a partner in Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection in global law firm Jones Day’s office in Washington.

Fox News and other media outlets like Washington Examiner said that in his disclosures to Congress he noted that he that would specifically be lobbying on issues related to “foreign investment, government purchasing, and security-related issues arising under the National Defense Authorization Act.”

The Washington Examiner report said April 12 that “one of the issues that Jain will specifically be advocating for Huawei on is the National Defense Authorization Act,” which among other things, prohibited the government from purchasing and using Huawei products based on national security concerns.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Jain played leading role in the development, rollout, and implementation of Presidential Policy Directive-41, Cyber Incident Response, which defines how the government responds to significant cyber incidents. He also chaired interagency group that engaged in legal and policy review of proposed cyber operations and campaign plans to counter malicious cyber activity of nation-state and non-state actors.

Besides the JD from Harvard, Jainhas a Bachelor of Science (Artificial Intelligence) degree from Stanford University.

The Examiner report said in March, Huawei sued the U.S. government alleging the legislation is unconstitutional and amounts to punishing the company for an alleged crime that was never proven.

“Regardless of the success of Huawei’s legal arguments, however, Washington is unlikely to suddenly stop seeing the company as a threat. Indeed, combating the spread of Huawei technology both in the U.S. and abroad has emerged as a centerpiece of Trump administration policies,” the Washington Examiner report said.

Jain has also been an adjunct professor at George Washington University School of Law and recognized by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, and other publications for his work in privacy, data security, and telecommunications.

Jones Day, which has more than 2,500 lawyers in 44 offices located in major centers of business and finance around the world, noted after he joined the firm that, “Lawyers with his experience are rare. He will be a great addition to our growing, global cybersecurity practice.”

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