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White House Counsel: Views from the Department of Justice

Cutler Conference

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Nancy V Baker
November 11, 2006
12:30AM (EST)

Nancy V Baker
Nancy V Baker

The close relationship between the Counsel's office and the Justice Department extends beyond judicial selection. The Counsel not only serves as the White House liaison with the Department of Justice; it relies on the Department, especially the Office of Legal Counsel, for legal opinions and recommendations, and shares legal policymaking responsibilities with the Department. This panel examined the relationship between the Department of Justice and the White House Counsel's office from the perspective of those who served at Justice.


  • William Barr, Bush (41) Attorney General
  • Walter Dellinger III, Clinton Solicitor General
  • Jamie S. Gorelick, Clinton Deputy Attorney General
  • John M. Harmon, Carter Assistant Attorney General for Office of Legal Counsel


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