A prominent liberal attorney is drawing criticism from the left for representing members of President Donald Trump's family, The Washington Post reports.
Jamie Gorelick, a partner at WilmerHale law firm in Washington, D.C., is no stranger to controversial clients. She represented BP after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Clinton Foundation against Judicial Watch's Larry Klayman, and lobbied on behalf of the student loan industry to the Obama administration. Recently, Trump's daughter and son-in-law, also his White House advisers, hired Gorelick to answer ethical questions about their ability to work in his administration.
"The questions seemed most interesting," Gorelick told the Post. "Whoever thinks they're going to opine on the anti-nepotism law? And we are a very consciously bipartisan firm. However, I don't think we had anyone in the firm who was a supporter of Donald Trump."
Now she faces attacks from Democrats, including prominent strategist and lobbyist Hilary Rosen:
"In a quintessentially D.C. move, some longtime friends of Gorelick contacted for this article offered complimentary comments about her on the record, and then, after asking if they could make other remarks without attribution, bashed their colleague to smithereens," the Post's Marc Fisher writes. Fisher refused to use these quotes in the article.
"For the first time, Jamie's getting irrational criticism from her fellow liberals, who think that if you represent anyone associated with the other side, you must be a Republican in hiding," Alan Dershowitz, a close friend of Gorelick's who mentored her at Harvard Law School, told the Post. "Jamie is obviously a liberal Democrat, but this is not a betrayal. Jamie is being patriotic and heroic and consistent with the best traditions of the bar. We have to resist zealotry on both sides."
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