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W. Neil Eggleston chosen to be new White House counsel

President Obama has chosen W. Neil Eggleston to be the new White House counsel.

Eggleston is currently a partner at the powerhouse law firm of Kirkland and Ellis. He'll be doing his second stint in the White House, where he served as an associate counsel to President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1994.

Eggleston also served as deputy chief counsel to the House Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran from 1987 to 1988 and was an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. 

Eggleston has experience with issues regarding how the executive branch works with Congress and has represented former White House officials. 

Eggleston replaces Kathryn Ruemmler.

""Kathy has become one of my most trusted advisers. I deeply value her smarts, her wit, her impeccable judgment – but most importantly her uncanny ability to see around the corners that nobody else in the room anticipates. I will forever be grateful for her service to the country, will continue to seek her counsel, and most of all, I am proud to call her a close friend," Obama said in a statement. "Neil brings extraordinary expertise, credentials, and experience, to our team. He has a passion for public service, is renowned for his conscientiousness and foresight, and I look forward to working closely with him in the coming years.”

Katie Zezima is a national political correspondent covering the 2016 presidential election. She previously served as a White House correspondent for The Post.



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