Clinton White House lawyer named top Obama counsel

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is naming a veteran of president Bill Clinton's White House as his new top lawyer. Neil Eggleston will replace Obama's long-time counsel Kathryn Ruemmler who is leaving after three years in the job.

Eggleston is a Washington lawyer who gained prominence as a White House lawyer during congressional investigations into President Clinton's Whitewater real estate transactions. He also served as deputy chief counsel of the House special committee that investigated the Iran-Contra affair that ensnarled president Ronald Reagan.

Obama says he has valued Ruemmler's, quote, "uncanny ability to see around the corners that nobody else in the room anticipates."

He says Eggleston has a passion for public service and that he is "renowned for his conscientiousness and foresight."

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