Goldman Sachs announced Wednesday it has hired former US government intelligence chief Robert Kelner as an investment banker.
The move is the latest development in a relationship between Goldman Sachs and the Trump administration, which has accused the bank of having been unfairly targeted by President Donald Trump’s campaign.
Kelner has worked at Goldman for 25 years and previously served as the deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center and at the Pentagon.
The news of his appointment comes as Goldman is embroiled in an investigation into whether the bank may have engaged in a scheme to hide billions of dollars of assets from U.S. investors.
Goldman Sachs declined to comment.
The Goldman Sachs-founded Citadel Investment Group announced last week it had hired Kelner, who previously served at Citigroup and Citigroup’s investment banking unit, as an assistant managing director of its investment banking group.
The company also said it is seeking an additional investment banker for its investment management group.
Kelneden, who was appointed in 2014, is a former deputy director at the National Security Agency and is a member of the US Senate Armed Services Committee.
He was a senior director at Booz Allen Hamilton and worked at the Office of Strategic Services during the George W. Bush administration.
He previously served on the boards of Citadel, JPMorgan Chase, and Deutsche Bank.
The New York Times first reported the appointment, which came in response to a public records request.
The Times said the bank is hiring the former intelligence official because he “has extensive experience with national security issues and has been a prominent voice in U.K. politics for more than two decades.”
In a statement, Citadel said it has a long history of bringing top-level investment bankers to the firm.
The firm, which was founded in 2007, said it will retain Kelner’s expertise in “advancing strategic risk management.”
The news comes as other Goldman hires are being discussed by the Trump team.
Goldman has been looking to hire two former Treasury secretaries in the past two weeks, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Michael Cohen, the chief financial officer of the firm, has been linked to a proposal to build a Trump Tower in Manhattan, according the newspaper.
Cohen, who has ties to the Trump campaign, will serve as an adviser to the president.
The White House declined to provide details on the job search.
Earlier this week, the bank announced it was hiring its first director of investment banking, who will also serve as the firm’s chief investment officer.
Goldman’s decision to hire a former government official to head its investment bank comes as the president has been pushing to ramp up its economic agenda, including tax cuts for businesses and an infrastructure program that is expected to benefit a number of sectors, including manufacturing and technology.