By Matt Friedman and Jennifer Jacobs – 8:56 a.m.
March 10, 2021President Trump has nominated Richard Marshall, a partner at Marshall Law, to be the chief law firm of the White House Counsel’s Office, which has been criticized for being overly aggressive and politically influenced.
The move will allow Marshall to push his agenda even if his former law firm, which also includes partners Stephen Miller and Michael Cohen, is still working for the president.
The announcement of Marshall’s nomination came after a White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the new role will allow the firm to take on more of the work that the Office of the Legal Counsel does, including advising the president on executive branch matters.
The role of the office of the president’s counsel is to advise the president and the Cabinet on the interpretation of laws and constitutional protections, according to a White Senate official who spoke on condition on anonymity.
The office of counsel is not directly overseen by the White Houses counsel, but is managed by the attorney general.
The appointment of Marshall will mark the first time a senior partner in the firm has taken on such a major role, according the official, who asked not to be identified.
A Marshall law partner has been serving as the president-elect’s chief counsel since April 2017, when Miller was appointed by Trump to serve as chief counsel to the White Senate and the Office for Budget Responsibility.
Miller served as White House counsel to former President Barack Obama, and served as a senior adviser to former Vice President Mike Pence and then-White House chief of staff John Kelly.
Marshall, whose career was interrupted by Trump’s presidency, had been considered for the job until Trump appointed Miller, who has since left the firm, to take over the Whitehouse counsel role.
“Richard Marshall is a tireless advocate for our constitutional rights and freedoms, and we are proud to have him on our team,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
“The appointment will enable Richard to play a vital role in guiding the Office’s mission to safeguard the constitutional protections that are at the heart of our country,” Sanders said.