President Barack Obama’s legal staff picked up lawyer Edward Siskel from the U.S. Department of Justice in anticipation of responding to congressional inquiries, the Blog of Legal Times reported.
Siskel, most recently an associate deputy attorney general, joined the White House Counsel’s office. His duties will include handling expected vigorous new oversight from the new Republican-led House of Representatives, among other issues.
The National Law Journal reported that two White House lawyers, principal deputy counsel Kathryn Ruemmler and associate counsel Kimberley Harris, are preparing an initial response to the expected investigations from newly seated Republican committee chairmen.
Appointed two years ago as a senior counsel to then-Deputy Attorney General David Ogden, Siskel previously worked at the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Illinois. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he worked on the high-profile fraud case of newspaper publisher Conrad Black and argued the appeal for the government in June 2008.