White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who succeeded Donald McGahn as the president’s top in-house lawyer, said a few months ago he planned to beef up the counsel’s team with more than a dozen new attorneys. The Trump White House counsel has played a central role in the administration’s attempts to shield current and former officials from speaking with Democrats.
Newly disclosed White House salary records reveal some of the attorneys who’ve left academia and posts at major U.S. law firms—including Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Sidley Austin; and Kirkland & Ellis—to work under Cipollone’s leadership. What follows is a snapshot of some of the new lawyers at the White House counsel’s office.
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