A week ago on April 21, 2014, the White House announced that W. Neil Eggleston, a well-known criminal defense attorney, will be Obama’s new White House counsel upon the May 2014 departure of Kathryn Ruemmler.
Keith Koffler of whitehousedossier.com says Eggleston is the kind of guy you go to when someone tells you, “time to lawyer up.”
Eggleston, 60, has an impressive record of defending political figures from criminal charges, including:
From 1987 until 1988, Eggleston served as deputy chief counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran, which investigated the Iran-Contra Affair.
From 1993 until 1994, Eggleston was White House associate counsel congressional investigations into then-President Bill Clinton’s Whitewater real estate transactions.
After leaving the White House, Eggleston represented Clinton’s transportation secretary Federico Peña, and his labor secretary Alexis Herman during corruption investigations, although no charges were ever filed.