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Lanny Breuer to Lead Justice Criminal Division


Attorney Lanny Breuer talks with recent client Roger Clemens (L) during hearings in Washington. (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post.)

By Carrie Johnson
White collar defense lawyer Lanny A. Breuer has emerged as the top candidate to lead the Justice Department's criminal division, two sources told The Washington Post.

If he is nominated and confirmed by the Senate, Breuer would oversee some of the department's most sensitive prosecutions in the areas of business fraud and public corruption.

He is no stranger to the intersection of law and politics. From 1997 to 1999 Breuer served as special counsel to President Bill Clinton, whom he defended in impeachment hearings and in the investigation by independent counsel Kenneth Starr.

In recent years Breuer has worked at the Washington office of the Covington & Burling law firm, alongside Attorney General designate Eric H. Holder Jr. There Breuer represented former Clinton national security adviser Samuel "Sandy" Berger in the investigation of tampering with presidential documents at the National Archives. He also defended baseball ace Roger Clemens in proceedings before the House Government Reform panel into the use of steroids in the sport.

Breuer did not return calls for comment this morning and a spokeswoman for the Obama transition declined to comment on his status. But an announcement on his selection is expected as Obama continues to round out the top leadership ranks at Justice.

Posted at 10:40 AM ET on Jan 9, 2009  | Category:  44 The Obama Presidency
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Oh my GOD! LANNY BRUER-OBAMA, I DIDN'T VOTE FOR YOU-I'M SORRY-FORGIVE ME! REALLY! YOU ARE BRINGING IN A DOJ CADRE OF SOME OF THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST, SOMETHING WE HAVE NOT SEEN AT DOJ IN 8 TOO LONG YEARS!

LANNY BREUER? AS HEAD OF THE DOJ CRIMINAL DIVISION? INSTEAD OF THAT IDIOT DOPE AIRHEAD NEVER A PROSECUTOR NOR EVEN A CIVIL LITIGATOR SHE- ALICE FISHER-WHO LATHAM AND WATKINS KINDLY TOOK ON AS A CHARITY CASE PARTNER? OH MY GOD! DOJ-OH HAPPY DAY! TRULY! OH HAPPY DAY-A DOJ THAT THE ENTIRE COUNTRY CAN BE PROUD OF, A PLACE OF EXCELLENCE-AND A CRIMINAL DIV. CHIEF WHO WILL TRULY TRULY KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING-AND WILL LEAD THE DOJ OUT OF THE DARKNESS THAT THE SMILING, KNOW-NOTHING, UTTERLY CLUELESS IDIOT ALICE FISHER PROTEGEE OF MICHAEL CHERTOFF-HE OF PATRIOT ACT FAME-COULD NEVER EVER DO-ALICE FISHER AND CHERTOFF COULD NOT HAVE BROUGHT DOJ LOWER-BUT THAT ERA IS NOW- BYE-BYE-AND WE WILL NEVER SEE THE LIKES OF THAT SORDID DARK PERIOD IN DOJ HISTORY AGAIN-WE HOPE!

Posted by: arrabbiato | January 9, 2009 2:34 PM

That makes six for six of the top justice appointees former Clinton administration people. I didn't vote for Obama to get Bill Clinton, the sequel. This is getting more disgusting every day.

Posted by: infuse | January 9, 2009 11:40 AM

While he's otherwise qualified, his defense of Roger Clemens reveals a significant lack of judgment.

Posted by: ah___ | January 9, 2009 11:22 AM

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