The high-powered attorney who represents Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner is stepping away from the job as the probe continues into connections between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, The Hill reports.
Jamie Gorelick has represented Kushner throughout Trump’s transition period until now. Kushner hired her to represent him on ethics and security-related issues. Abbe Lowell will now serve as Kushner’s counsel.
Gorelick is a well-known Democratic donor, and was under consideration to be Hillary Clinton’s top choice for Attorney General in the White House. She previously served as Deputy Attorney General during Bill Clinton’s presidency.
She will remain on Kushner’s legal team to represent him on other matters.
Gorelick said in a statement that her firm advised Kushner to decide if she should continue representing him:
As we have stated, once Bob Mueller and three of our partners left the firm to form the Special Counsel’s office, we advised Jared to get independent legal advice on whether to continue with us as counsel. As a result of this process, Jared decided that Abbe would represent him in the Russia-related inquiries. We are currently helping Abbe’s team. We will continue to work on the matters for which we were originally retained, with regards to ethics compliance, the SF-86 process, and related issues.
Gorelick staunchly supported Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election, and has weathered criticism over this, some of it vitriolic, Politico notes.
Hey Jamie Gorelick, you’ve just poured that “Complicit” perfume on yourself. #Ivanka.
— Hilary Rosen (@hilaryr) March 20, 2017
“Hey Jamie Gorelick, you’ve just poured that ‘Complicit’ perfume on yourself. #Ivanka,” top Democratic consultant, partner at SKDKnickerbocker and Clinton surrogate Hilary Rosen tweeted. She was referring to a Saturday Night Live sketch about “Complicit,” an Ivanka Trump-branded perfume (that is, of course, not real).
But Gorelick’s also a controversial figure with a habit of working for unpopular clients, Forward.com notes. The list included British Petroleum after the company poisoned the Gulf of Mexico during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
And when she left the Clinton White House, Slate reports that she joined the Federal National Mortgage Association (commonly called Fannie Mae), as vice chair in 1997, eventually leaving in 2003. During that time she collected a whopping $26.4 million in total compensation, including bonuses. Federal investigators had this to say a short while later:
Fannie Mae’s management directed employees to manipulate accounting and earnings to trigger maximum bonuses for senior executives from 1998 to 2003.
The New York Times referred to the manipulations as an “$11 billion accounting scandal.” It should be noted that Gorelick hasn’t been charged with any wrongdoing, Slate reports.
It seems she’s somewhat of an enigma. Gorelick may be a Democrat, but she fits in well with Trump and company.
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