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Obama waives ethics rules for eligibility lawyer

May 11, 2010
Chelsea Schilling
5/10/2010

President Obama has waived ethics rules for White House counsel Robert Bauer, his personal and campaign lawyer – and the same attorney who has defended Obama in lawsuits challenging his eligibility to be president.

Late last year, Obama installed Robert Bauer – top lawyer for Obama, Obama’s presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee and Obama’s Organizing for America – as White House counsel. Bauer had been a partner at the law firm Perkins Coie.

However, Executive Order 13490, “Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel,” prohibits political appointees from participating in any matter involving specific parties that is directly and substantially related to former employers or former clients. The rule typically expires two years after the date of appointment.

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