Steven Reich, an associate deputy attorney general who briefed lawmakers on a number of high profile cases, will leave the Justice Department next month.
Reich advised lawmakers on DOJ’s handling of the case against Internet activist Aaron Swartz, as well as the botched gun-walking operation, “Fast and Furious,” in Arizona.
“I am grateful to Steve for his tireless advocacy on behalf of the Department of Justice over the last two years,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement released by the Justice Department. “He has been an invaluable advisor to me on a range of subjects during his time at the Department. He has provided thoughtful counsel with grace and good humor and I wish him all the best as he and his family return to New York.”
Reich arrived at DOJ in 2011 from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP in New York. He previously served as a senior associate White House counsel for President Bill Clinton where he handled independent counsel and congressional investigations.
Reich earned his political stripes advising congressional Democrats during the Clinton impeachment, including as impeachment counsel to then-Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle (S.D.). He came to the White House in 1999 following the departure of then-special counsel Lanny Breuer, a friend. Breuer had helped defend Clinton during his congressional impeachment process. He served as the Assistant Attorney General for DOJ’s Criminal Division criminal division until leaving the agency this month.
In the Clinton White House, Reich supervised the legal and media responses to the many Republican-led and independent counsel investigations of the president and his administration. He has experience representing White House officials during depositions, grand jury proceedings and congressional testimony.