Lanny Breuer to Lead Justice Criminal Division
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.
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