A week ago on April 21, 2014, the White House announced that W. Neil Eggleston, a well-known criminal defense attorney, will be Obama’s new White House counsel upon the May 2014 departure of Kathryn Ruemmler.
Keith Koffler of whitehousedossier.com says Eggleston is the kind of guy you go to when someone tells you, “time to lawyer up.”
Eggleston, 60, has an impressive record of defending political figures from criminal charges, including:
- From 1987 until 1988, Eggleston served as deputy chief counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran, which investigated the Iran-Contra Affair.
- From 1993 until 1994, Eggleston was White House associate counsel congressional investigations into then-President Bill Clinton’s Whitewater real estate transactions.
- After leaving the White House, Eggleston represented Clinton’s transportation secretary Federico Peña, and his labor secretary Alexis Herman during corruption investigations, although no charges were ever filed.
- In 2001, Eggleston represented Cheryl Mills, who was a board member of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library foundation, during a congressional investigation into Clinton’s last-minute pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich, whose wife had been a foundation donor.
- In 2007, Eggleston represented Sara Taylor, who was a White House political affairs director in the George W. Bush administration, during an inquiry from a congressional oversight committee into the dismissal of U.S. attorneys controversy and other Bush policies that Democrats believed had politicized the work of federal agencies.
- In 2009, Eggleston represented then-Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel during the prosecution of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
- Around that same time, Eggleston also represented then-Sen. Kent Conrad during a congressional ethics inquiry into a mortgage Conrad had received from Countrywide Financial.
Among the possibilities for Obama hiring a CRIMINAL defense attorney are:
- Congressional investigations on Obama’s many scandals, e.g., Fast and Furious, and the IRS’s targeting of conservatives: Joe Otto at conservative-daily.com asks, “Which [congressional] investigation or accusation does he [Obama] believe is powerful enough to bring down his Presidency? It has to be something serious for the President to hire the top political criminal defense attorney as the White House Chief Counsel….”
- Killing Americans overseas without a trial: Steven Ahle writes, “Just yesterday, a federal appeals court ruled that Obama must release documents pertaining to his policy of killing Americans overseas suspected of terrorism without a trial.”
- Multiple lawsuits, including several pending ones by Dr. Orly Taitz, regarding Obama’s many concealed biographical records, such as his strange Social Security number with a Connecticut prefix.
- Something even bigger, about which we don’t know.
Dr. Eowyn’s article first appeared at Fellowship of the Minds.