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Neil Eggleston / Associated Press

President Obama has tapped a lawyer who served in the Bill Clinton administration to serve as the new White House counsel.

Neil Eggleston, currently a top corporate lawyer, will replace White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, who is leaving the administration after three years.

"Neil brings extraordinary expertise, credentials, and experience, to our team," Obama said in a statement. "He has a passion for public service, is renowned for his conscientiousness and foresight, and I look forward to working closely with him in the coming years."

Obama also praised Ruemmler, calling her "one of my most trusted advisers" and a close friend.

"I deeply value her smarts, her wit, her impeccable judgment, but most importantly her uncanny ability to see around the corners that nobody else in the room anticipates," Obama said.

Eggleston is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, one of the nation's biggest corporate law firms.

During the 1980s, Eggleston served as deputy chief counsel for the special House committee that investigated the Iran-Contra affair during the Ronald Reagan presidency.

He was associate counsel to the president during the Clinton administration in 1993 and 1994.



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