Veteran Lawyer Who Vamoosed From Trump DOJ Named House General Counsel

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 06: U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her weekly news conference December 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Pelosi held her weekly news conference to answer question... WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 06: U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her weekly news conference December 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Pelosi held her weekly news conference to answer questions from members of the media. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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December 28, 2018 4:26 p.m.

Douglas Letter, a 40-year veteran at the Department of Justice who left this spring, is now re-entering government life as general counsel for the House of Representatives, incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced Friday.

When Letter left in March, he was restrained in his criticism of the administration, but hinted at the dysfunction that has come to dominate the DOJ under President Donald Trump.

“One obviously has to be concerned about the Justice Department and the future of the Justice Department,” he said then per NPR.

He first joined the department in 1978 and is considered a bastion of institutional knowledge.

“Douglas Letter has an outstanding and highly decorated record of achievement in service of America,” Pelosi said in a statement. “He will bring deep experience and legal expertise to the House, as he counsels and represents our institution, Members and staff as House General Counsel.”

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