A group of new White House lawyers includes attorneys from White & Case and Husch Blackwell, according to the latest personnel announcement from the Trump administration.
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House Democrats are demanding information about whether and how often the Trump White House issued security clearances over officials’ denials, and they want access to Trump’s tax returns, which the then-candidate had vowed to release.
Two former White House associate counsels—Claire Murray and John Moran—are now over at the U.S. Justice Department, under the leadership of Attorney General William Barr. One senior associate counsel, Sam Ramer, recently joined Norton Rose Fulbright. The Trump White House identified 16 associate counsels as of June 2018.
Here’s a brief snapshot of some of the new White House lawyers the administration has announced:
>> Mark Grider will serve as special assistant to the president and senior associate counsel. Grider joined the White House last month from Husch Blackwell, where he had been a partner since 2016. Grider’s practice at Husch Blackwell focused on white-collar matters, government investigations and regulator enforcement. He earned his law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1998. Grider’s public service career includes stints as a special trial attorney in the Justice Department’s criminal fraud section, and as deputy general counsel for the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
>> Brian Miller will serve as special assistant to the president and senior associate counsel. Miller joined the White House in December from the litigation boutique Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, where he was a shareholder in the firm’s Washington office. He first joined the firm in 2015. Miller was formerly the inspector general at the General Services Administration from 2005 to 2014, and was with the Justice Department from 2001 to 2005, according to his LinkedIn bio. He attended the University of Texas School of Law.
>> Ryan Brady will serve as special assistant to the president and associate counsel. Brady first joined the U.S. Treasury Department in June 2017 as deputy executive secretary. He is a former White & Case associate who was in the firm’s white-collar practice group, where he focused on government and internal investigations and corporate compliance. At Treasury, Brady was the senior official tasked with overseeing the agency’s implementation of the Plain Writing Act of 2010, a measure that mandates federal employees write “clear government communication that the public can understand and use.” Brady attended Washington and Lee University School of Law, and clerked for Judge Claude Hilton in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
>> Michael Williams will serve as deputy assistant to the president and counselor to Mick Mulvaney, the acting chief of staff. Williams joined from the Office of Management and Budget, where he was an assistant deputy general counsel. Williams was associate counsel for Trump’s inaugural committee for two months before jumping to OMB, according to his LinkedIn profile. Williams graduated from George Washington University School of Law in 2014.
The White House on Friday also announced the promotion of two lawyers:
>> Jennifer Dickey will serve as special assistant to the president and associate counsel to the president. Dickey was previously associate counsel to the president. Before that, she was counsel at the Justice Department for a year starting in February 2017. She also did two stints as a Kirkland & Ellis associate, split by a term clerking for Justice Clarence Thomas starting in July 2014. She got her law degree from Duke University School of Law in 2012. Dickey was reportedly on the Trump administration’s landing team for the Justice Department.
>> George Doty III will serve as special assistant to the president and associate counsel. Doty previously served as associate counsel. The former Sullivan & Cromwell associate has been at the White House since March 2017. He clerked for Judge Jose A. Cabranes on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Diane Sykes on the Seventh Circuit. He got his J.D. from Yale, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal, according to the White House.