White House Adds Crisis Control Expert to Counsel’s Office

Jennifer O’Connor, a former partner at WilmerHale who has helped both the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Health and Human Services navigate legal crises, is slated to join the White House Counsel’s Office Friday, the Legal Times reports.

O’Connor served in the Clinton administration during his first term. According to the Wall Street Journal, “she was among the administration officials who testified in a House probe of whether the Clinton White House applied political pressure to help the Teamsters in a bitter strike,” was an adviser helping the IRS navigate accusations of unfair targeting of conservative groups, and worked with the HHS in the wake of the botched Obamacare website rollout. (RELATED: Washington launches four different investigations into IRS scandal)

White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston says O’Connor, who has been called a “veteran of Washington battles,” is “uniquely qualified for the position.”

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