President Obama names Neil Eggleston as top counsel

By Kyle Johnson,

President Barack Obama on Monday named the successor to Kathryn Reummler, who has been the president's top counsel for the past three years.

Neil Eggleston will be Obama's new top counsel, with the president saying he has "extraordinary expertise, credentials and experience," reports The Associated Press. "He has a passion for public service, is renowned for his conscientiousness and foresight."

Eggleston previously was a White House lawyer when Bill Clinton was in office and mired in his scandal with Monica Lewinsky. He also served on a House special committee as deputy chief counsel looking into Ronald Reagan and the Iran-Contra situation. Among his numerous other clients, he has also represented Chicago Mayor Rahm Emnuel.

Eggleston most recently has been a partner at the corporate law firm Kirkland & Ellis. There he focused on representing clients in congressional, regulatory or criminal investigations.

According to Politico, he also has been known to have plenty of knowledge when it comes to executive privilege claims. Eggleston's selection isn't a surprised as it was rumored he'd be chosen.

Ruemmler stayed longer as top counsel at Obama's urging, but wanted to return to private practice.

The New York Times was the first to report Eggleston's selection.



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