Designated President Nancy Pelosi of D-Calif., Has chosen a new leadership force for Democrats who investigate or even indict President Trump when they take control of the House of Representatives. 39 next year.
Douglas Letter, a 40-year veteran of the Justice Department and former White House associate lawyer for President Bill Clinton, will be named General Counsel of the House, Pelosi said in a statement.
"Douglas Letter has an outstanding and highly decorated record of achievements serving America," said Pelosi. "He will bring in-depth experience and legal expertise to the House as he will advise and represent our institution, its members and his staff as the General Counsel of the House."
Letter, aged 65, held the post of director of the civil division's call division staff until February – a departure that was facilitated, sources told NPR, because of Trump's consistent criticism of the GM.
He wrote in September that it was "disturbing" that Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, had suggested using the executive's privilege to bury Mueller's report at the end. of his investigation. He said this statement seemed "premature and misplaced".
Letter's long career at the Department of Justice included roles such as Assistant Deputy Attorney General of former Attorney General Janet Reno and Senior Advisor to former Attorney General Eric Holder. His decades of service, including his work on business such as Obergefell v. Hodges, the historical case of 2015 that legalized gay marriage, was praised by people like Holder and Benjamin Wittes, Lawfare editor and friend of the ex-FBI. Director James Comey.
"This is a very big deal – and a very sad thing, Doug Letter has been in charge of this office for a long time, and he is an institution man who has represented the administrations of both parties in some of their toughest cases. do not represent this one any more, "tweeted Wittes earlier this year.
Chief Justice John Roberts and Judge Neil Gorsuch attended the evening. Since then, he has worked at the Institute for Defense and Constitutional Protection at the Law Center of Georgetown University.
In his new role, Letter will provide legal advice to legislators and their staff, regardless of their political affiliation, according to the website of the Office of the Legal Counsel. This means that Letter is about to be at the heart of any debate about the removal of the president.
Democrats willing to take control of the committees in January said they were ready to open a series of investigations on the president and a number of members called for the removal of Trump. In the run-up to the mid-term elections in November, Pelosi said his party was not ready to be sacked if his party won power. But she did not reject the prospect either.
"It depends on what happens in the [special counsel Robert] Mueller's investigation, but it's not unifying and I'm criticized by my own party for not leaning on it, "Pelosi said. m said at PBS in November. "But I am not, and if that happens, it will have to be bipartisan and the evidence so conclusive."
This letter will replace the current General Counsel, Thomas Hungar, who started in January 2016.
"I look forward to serving the interests of the House of Representatives and its members," said Letter. "I look forward to using my litigation experience to meet the challenges and opportunities of the important position of General Counsel of the House."
Some members of the media announced that his recruitment was a big deal and was applauded by some members of the anti-Trump crowd.
"Congratulations to @ GeorgetownICAP's brilliant Doug Letter for her appointment as General Counsel of the House." I pleaded my very first case on appeal against him almost a quarter of a year ago. century – a prominent lawyer and a man to defend, "tweeted Norman Eisen, former lawyer specializing in Obama's ethics issues at the White House and president of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.