|Jump to full article: Associated Press (AP), 2005-02-14|
Author: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Though declaring his independence from President Bush, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has chosen as top aides three lawyers from the White House counsel's office he headed for four years.
Theodore Ullyot, Gonzales' chief of staff, and Raul Yanes, his chief counsel, moved over to the Justice Department with Gonzales earlier this month. Kyle Sampson, the deputy chief of staff, worked for Gonzales in the White House until 2003 . . ..
Ullyot was a top lawyer for AOL Time Warner before joining the White House legal team. He earlier was a partner of former Whitewater counsel Kenneth Starr at the Kirkland & Ellis law firm and also was a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Yanes had been a partner at the New York law firm Davis, Polk and Wardwell, where his clients included Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds in tobacco lawsuits
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