Jones Day’s hiring of Brett Shumate, until April a top political appointee in the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Division, is further evidence that the pipeline between the firm and the Trump administration remains active.

Before stepping down from his post as deputy assistant attorney general earlier this year, Shumate emerged as among the most visible Justice Department trial attorneys, fighting challenges to a number of controversial Trump administration moves, including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. He had been a partner at Wiley Rein prior to joining the DOJ.