Every time the president appoints someone to a new position in the White House, there is some controversy regarding his pick. Namely, this is because he only appoints people who are completely unqualified to carry out the duties required by their new position in government.
What he’s also seen a lot of, is early retirements. And now, someone that used to work under Trump, and ended up leaving during his tenure, has been hired on as the new lead attorney for House Democrats.
According to Think Progress:
“Douglas Letter — a former top attorney in the Department of Justice (DOJ) who served under Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump before retiring in March — as the House’s new lead lawyer.”
Letter had this to say about his new job:
“I look forward to serving the interests of the House of Representatives and its Members. I am eager to apply my litigation experience as I take on the challenges and opportunities that come with the important position of House General Counsel.”
Pelosi is really good at stirring up a reaction from President Trump, as if that’s a hard thing to do. But still, there is something about this “little woman” telling him how it is that really gets under Trump’s skin. Pelosi’s website said this about hiring on Letter:
“Douglas Letter has an outstanding and highly decorated record of achievement in service of America. He will bring deep experience and legal expertise to the House, as he counsels and represents our institution, Members and staff as House General Counsel.”
The House Speaker-Designate continued to give a background on Letter that many may not have known before now, saying:
“After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley Law School, Letter joined the Department of Justice in 1978. He presented oral argument on behalf of the United States in the U.S. Supreme Court, and over 200 times in the federal courts of appeals and district courts. During his career at the Justice Department, Letter served details in the White House as an Associate Counsel to President Clinton, as a Deputy Associate Attorney General under Attorney General Janet Reno and as Senior Counselor to Attorney General Eric Holder. He was elected to two terms on the D.C. Bar Board of Governors, and served in a variety of advisory posts, including on the D.C. Circuit Advisory Committee on Procedures, where he was Chair; the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules; and the Ninth Circuit’s panel of attorney representatives. He taught at the George Washington University Law School for 14 years as an Adjunct Professor.”
“During his career, Letter received awards for his work from various federal agencies, including the Department of State, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the Department of Transportation and the Food and Drug Administration.”
“Letter lives in Maryland with his wife; they have two grown daughters. He has given back to his community as a youth basketball, soccer, softball and field hockey coach, and as President of the Board of Directors for the Clara Barton Center for Children.”
“In January, Letter will replace the current general counsel, Thomas G. Hungar, who has served this institution and protected its interests with great integrity, honesty and commitment to nonpartisanship.”