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  White House Counsel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The White House Counsel is a staff appointee of the President of the United States.
The Counsel's role is to advise the President on all legal issues concerning the President and the White House.
The Counsel's Office also helps define the line between official and political activities, oversees executive appointments and judicial selection, handles Presidential pardons, reviews legislation and Presidential statements, and handles lawsuits against the President in his role as President, as well as serving as the White House contact for the Department of Justice.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/White_House_Counsel   (285 words)

  
 White House, counsel split on gay rights - The Boston Globe
The special counsel, Scott Bloch, whose independent agency oversees the government merit system and protects federal workers' rights, announced in February that he was conducting a review of federal laws to answer that question.
Yesterday, White House spokesman Trent Duffy said the president "believes that no federal employee should be subject to unlawful discrimination, and federal agencies will fully enforce the law against discrimination, including discrimination based on sexual orientation."
She said other questions had to be submitted to the agency in writing, and she did not respond to questions e-mailed to her.
www.boston.com /news/nation/articles/2004/04/01/white_house_counsel_split_on_gay_rights   (629 words)

  
 American President   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The counsel is the "ethics officer" for the White House staff, and almost all incoming staff are novices in the federal environment.
In the Clinton administration, the counsel's priorities were forced into a narrow and terribly time-consuming quarter: defense of the President, the first lady, and the White House as an institution against a six-year-long avalanche of subpoenas from independent counsels, grand juries, and congressional investigating committees.
White House counsels Leonard Garment and J. Fred Buzhardt defended Nixon in the Watergate litigation.
ap.beta.polardesign.com /action/orgchart/administration_units/officeofcounsel/officeofcounsel.article.shtml   (5743 words)

  
 Law.com - Down to the Last Detail
Now Miers, the White House deputy chief of staff, is poised to become one of its most prominent as well.
White House spokesman Allen Abney says Miers will not be granting interviews until she begins her new job.
She became president of the Dallas Bar Association in 1985, and in 1989 was elected to a two-year term as an at-large candidate on the Dallas City Council.
www.law.com /jsp/article.jsp?id=1102944936042   (2371 words)

  
 MPR: Bush names White House counsel Gonzales to succeed Ashcroft
White House Counsel Alberto Gonzalez, left, is President Bush's choice to become the next U.S. attorney general.
In an announcement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Bush touched on Gonazles' personal story - a boy who grew up poor in a family of eight children in a two-bedroom house in Texas - and now is in line for a Cabinet post.
One is White House staff secretary Brett Kavanaugh, a lawyer who has been waiting nearly 16 months for confirmation on the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
news.minnesota.publicradio.org /features/2004/11/10_ap_newag   (1149 words)

  
 Worldandnation: White House counsel testifies on CIA leak
WASHINGTON - The White House's top lawyer was questioned by a federal grand jury Friday in the criminal investigation of who in the Bush administration leaked the name of a covert CIA operative last year.
White House counsel Alberto Gonzales underwent questioning at the federal courthouse.
He was the latest in a string of administration officials to be asked about the unauthorized disclosure of the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame, wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, to the news media.
www.sptimes.com /2004/06/19/Worldandnation/White_House_counsel_t.shtml   (283 words)

  
 Wise counsel. - By Neal Katyal - Slate Magazine
A 2002 memorandum from White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales tells the president to refuse to apply the protection of the Geneva Conventions to detainees because Americans could be charged in domestic courts with war crimes.
Some counsels have completed their task in mere days, and if the attorney general were to circumscribe the jurisdiction of the special counsel, there is no reason to think that it would be an open-ended process that would drag on indefinitely.
Think about it: The White House counsel is saying that these offenses are susceptible to abuse, and saying so in a context in which the full panoply of American civil law would apply to guard against exactly that kind of prosecutorial abuse, including protections given to defendants in the Bill of Rights.
www.slate.com /id/2101457   (1761 words)

  
 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
White House counsel Alberto Gonzales is said to be on President Bush's short list of potential nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Neo-Confederate influence in the Bush White House is not, meanwhile, confined to Hines.
The White House leaks about the pre-emptive strike may have been prompted by warnings from the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency that an attack on Iran will escalate out of control.
www.lycos.com /info/white-house--bush-white-house.html   (523 words)

  
 Court TV Library
It is equally essential for personal counsel to talk with White House lawyers, in order to fully understand the facts and circumstances pertinent to their representation.
We stated that counsel for the Special Committee is entirely free to test the responses it receives regarding the purpose of the meeting by asking what the White House personnel did after the meeting.
As the Office of Legal Counsel explained in a 1982 opinion letter, "it is likely that, in most instances, the "client" in the context of communications between the President and the Attorney General, and their respective aides, would include a broad scope of White House advisers in the Office of the President.
www.courttv.com /archive/legaldocs/government/whitewater/letter.html   (8924 words)

  
 OMB Watch - Roberts Errs on Side of Secrecy as White House Counsel
The White House exemption from FOIA is a fairly well established legal precedent, thus these responses reveal little of Roberts’ position on FOIA.
Roberts explained in the memo that the legal precedent that exempts the White House from FOIA applies to the president's personal staff or those whose sole job it is to advise and assist the president.
Roberts' own documents from his time as a White House assistant counsel show the Supreme Court chief justice nominee was neither a supporter of government openness or of executive branch transparency.
www.ombwatch.org /article/articleview/3079/1/1?TopicID=1   (1243 words)

  
 Report to the Deputy Attorney General on the Events at Waco, Texas: Role of the White House
During the week of April 12, 1993, while preparations for the tear gas plan were being made and debated at the FBI and the Justice Department, Hubbell attended a meeting at the White House, in Nussbaum's office, to discuss the plan.
Nussbaum told the President that the handling of the standoff was "a Department of Justice call, not a White House call." President Clinton responded that he had great confidence in the Attorney General and the FBI.
Within the White House, I relied principally upon Chief of Staff Mack McLarty, Counsel to the President Bernard Nussbaum, Deputy Counsel Vince Foster, Senior Advisor Bruce Lindsey, and then-Director of Communications George Stephanopoulos.
www.usdoj.gov /05publications/waco/wacoten.html   (1777 words)

  
 West Wing - White House Museum
Thomas Jefferson, the first full-term occupant of the White House, proposed one-story extensions to the east and west to connect the president's house with adjacent office buildings.
The president continued to live and work in the White House proper for the remainder of the century with his executive offices taking up much of the second floor, the same floor as the living quarters.
Today, the West Wing is the center of activity at the White House, housing the president's top staff, including the White House chief of staff, press secretary, the president's assistants, the White House counsel, and their own staffs.
www.whitehousemuseum.org /west-wing.htm   (904 words)

  
 Constant's pations: Former White House Counsel Berenson's Fatal Admissions Confirmed
The news is that former White House counsel Brad Berenson has made out of court statements substantially confirming the Administration involvement and knowledge with these specific war crimes.
The news is that a specific former White House counsel has, because of additional reporting, implicitly confirmed that he was aware of this alleged illegal activity despite his legal duty and power to prevent, or remove himself from, the activity.
Berenson, other White House counsel, and the Department of Justice may not lawfully claim that the issues are privileged.
constantpated.blogspot.com /2006/10/former-white-house-counsel-berensons.html   (1264 words)

  
 ASSERTION OF EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE REGARDING WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL'S OFFICE DOCUMENTS
Executive privilege may properly be asserted with respect to certain White House Counsel's Office documents that have been subpoenaed by the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight of the House of Representatives in connection with the Committee's investigation of the White House Travel Office matter.
The Office of Legal Counsel of the Department of Justice has reviewed the documents for which assertion of executive privilege has been recommended and is satisfied that they fall within the scope of executive privilege.
The Counsel to the President is appropriately concerned that the Committee's demand raises significant separation of powers concerns and that compliance with it beyond the accommodations already reached with the Committee would compromise the ability of his Office to advise and assist the President in connection with the pending Committee and Independent Counsel investigations.
www.usdoj.gov /olc/whto.pot.htm   (960 words)

  
 Law.com - Leak of CIA Officer's Identity Tests Executive Privilege Issues
As the DOJ probe proceeds, White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales and his 10-lawyer staff will be tasked with answering investigators' demands for documents and interviews.
Prior to joining the White House, Berenson advised the independent counsel in the probe of Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros.
Wilson -- an outspoken critic of White House policies in Iraq -- claims that his wife's name was revealed to reporters by senior administration officials in an effort to discredit him.
www.law.com /jsp/article.jsp?id=1065195514934   (1382 words)

  
 White House Counsel, Continued
It's the law because our courts have recognized that if a criminal charge is to be based on the words uttered by a fallible human being, he must be allowed to defend the truthfulness of the specific words he used and not be convicted on the basis merely of some prosecutor's summary or interpretation.
If you compare the closing argument of majority counsel and the majority report filed by the committee and the trial brief filed by the House and the presentation of the managers last week, you will begin to understand what has happened here.
Moreover, there is not a single suggestion in the committee debate, or more importantly in the House debate, that those voting to impeach the President believe that this one line that I have quoted to you, from the President's grand jury testimony, somehow absorbed into Article I his entire deposition testimony.
partners.nytimes.com /library/politics/012099impeach-jtext.html   (3901 words)

  
 CNN.com - Bush¬†picks White House counsel¬†for Supreme Court - Oct 4, 2005
A White House official said that at the same time, Bush considered her as a nominee without her knowledge.
In a televised announcement from the White House, Bush called Miers "exceptionally well-suited" for the high court.
In 2004, when she was deputy White House chief of staff for policy, Miers hosted several "Ask the White House" sessions on the White House's Web site.
www.cnn.com /2005/POLITICS/10/03/scotus.miers/index.html   (1398 words)

  
 Bartlet4America.org - The White House Counsel's Office
He left a lucrative law practice in Chicago and a seven-figure income to serve in the White House even though Bartlet is too moderate for his taste on affirmative action, capital gains, public schools and free trade [2.5].
Joe later worked as Associate Counsel of Treasury and for the Solicitor General, but was replaced when the Bartlet administration appointed a new one [4.20].
On his first day at the White House, the women in Political Affairs covered his parking spot with mayonnaise, which they wouldn't have done if they'd known he was such a biscuit.
b4a.healthyinterest.net /char/counsel.html   (1163 words)

  
 Lindsey Graham Questions White House Counsel Charles Ruff
And shortly after those stories were planted, the White House operation went into effect notifying the press that if you ever hear anything about this witness, you need to know she's unreliable, she's a stalker, she's basically not a responsible person.
And I've got evidence in the press reports coming out from the White House sources after the president plants in the minds of two people close to him that she was coming on to him.
That was a false story, and I do believe for a moment in time the president of the United Stats used the full power and force of the White house to go after a young lady so that he (sic) couldn't hurt him politically and legally.
www.coffeeshoptimes.com /graham.html   (3013 words)

  
 FindLaw's Writ - Dean: Being White House Counsel
When the counsel is the object of scrutiny, however, it's often because there's serious trouble, such as when I had to testify about criminal activities in Richard Nixon's White House during Watergate, or when Charlie Ruff represented Bill Clinton on Capitol Hill during the impeachment proceedings.
Accordingly, the new White House counsel should not have to face some of the problems that dogged his predecessors, such as litigation over the assertion of "executive privilege," and White House staff being called to testify on the Hill.
So it is not surprising that the White House counsel is often the first person who gets a call from a cabinet officer when he or she is having problems with others on the White House staff.
writ.news.findlaw.com /dean/20001222.html   (1834 words)

  
 FOXNews.com - White House Counsel: Iraq Decision Belongs to Bush - Politics | Republican Party | Democratic Party | ...
"The White House lawyers have given their opinion about the constitutional prerogatives that the president enjoys when it is a matter of exercising military authority," White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Monday.
White House counsel Alberto Gonzales told Bush earlier this month that according to the Constitution, the president's role as commander-in-chief is all the authority he needs.
White House aides say that Bush will consider a variety of legal, policy and historical issues if he decides on military action.
www.foxnews.com /story/0,2933,61274,00.html   (937 words)

  
 Alberto R. Gonzales - SourceWatch
Alberto R. Gonzales (Al Gonzales) is White House Counsel to President George W. Bush; in November 2004, Bush nominated Gonzales to succeed John Ashcroft as U.S. Attorney General.
As White House Counsel, "Gonzales provide[d] Bush with the legal grounding for an aggressive assertion of executive authority in disputes with Congress and of government power in the war on terrorism.
Summary of White House legal memos and decisions on the "War on Terror," from lawofwar.org.
www.sourcewatch.org /wiki.phtml?title=Alberto_R._Gonzales   (1641 words)

  
 Mikva not Suited for White House Counsel Job   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Newly-appointed White House Counsel Abner Mikva, currently a judge on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, has compiled a track record which suggests that he may not be the right person to tell the President hard truths about the need for strict compliance with legal and ethical standards.
A White House counsel has other jobs, of course, besides shielding the President and his wife from ethical investigations.
In a White House so permeated with hubris that an ill-conceived crime bill is confused with "the will of God," a truly wise counsel would steer the President towards compliance with the law, and perhaps even towards humility.
www.davekopel.com /Misc/OpEds/Mikva-not-suited.htm   (1109 words)

  
 Clinton's Choice is Cutler For White House Counsel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
President Clinton is trying to persuade Lloyd N. Cutler to serve as White House counsel, turning to a well-known Washington figure who held the same job in the Carter administration to help quiet the uproar over White House ethics.
Among the issues being discussed was Cutler's insistence that he be regarded as counsel to the Office of the Presidency and not Clinton's personal attorney.
Cutler appeared on ABC's "Nightline" to defend her even as the White House was preparing to withdraw her nomination.
www-tech.mit.edu /V114/N12/cutler.12w.html   (665 words)

  
 White House counsel set to be first Hispanic attorney general - World & Nation
White House counsel set to be first Hispanic attorney general - World & Nation
White House counsel set to be first Hispanic attorney general
In an announcement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Bush touched on Gonzales' personal story - a boy who grew up poor in a family of eight children in a two-bedroom house in Texas - and now is in line for a Cabinet post.
www.dailytexanonline.com /news/2004/11/11/WorldNation/White.House.Counsel.Set.To.Be.First.Hispanic.Attorney.General-801099.shtml   (571 words)

  
 White House Counsel Miers Chosen for Court
The White House appeared to be seeking a smooth confirmation process, bypassing candidates with more established conservative bona fides at a time when Bush is beset with political problems including the Iraq war and Hurricane Katrina.
As part of a bipartisan delegation of Senate leaders at the White House on Sept. 21, Reid told Bush that Miers "is worthy of consideration," according to aides of people at the meeting, and the senator spoke warmly of her yesterday -- though without making any specific commitment to support her.
Before being named White House counsel last year, she served as White House deputy chief of staff as well as staff secretary, a job in which she reviewed virtually every document that went before the president.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/03/AR2005100300252.html?sub=AR   (924 words)

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