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Jones Day lawyers received blanket ethics waiver to work in White House counsel's office

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White House counsel Donald McGahn and other former lawyers from Jones Day who are working with him have received a blanket waiver allowing them to bypass President Donald Trump’s executive order on ethics.

The White House on Wednesday released a list of lawyers and lobbyists receiving waivers to work in the White House after clashing with the Office of Government Ethics over disclosure, report the National Law Journal (sub. req.), the New York Times and Politico.

The National Law Journal and Politico say the blanket waiver applies to McGahn and five other former Jones Day lawyers, while the New York Times identifies one member of the group as a former Jones Day employee, rather than a lawyer.

The waiver allows the group to communicate with the law firm even though it represents the president’s campaign committee, the Republican National Committee and other Trump political action committees, the National Law Journal explains.

Also receiving a waiver was former Venable financial services partner Andrew Olmem, a special assistant to the president for financial policy.

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