White House counsel resigns to help reelection campaign

President Obama announced that White House counsel Bob Bauer would resign to take a job with the president's reelection campaign.

Kathryn Ruemmler, Bauer's deputy since last January, will become the third White House counsel during Obama's administration, effective at the end of this month.

Bauer will return to practice at the D.C. law firm Perkins Coie, where he'll resume his role as Obama's personal lawyer and serve as general counsel to Obama's reelection campaign, as well as general counsel to the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Bauer joined the administration just over a year ago, and had to obtain a limited waiver of Obama's ethics policy to serve as White House counsel, because he'd previously served as Obama's lawyer at Perkins Coie. The waiver allowed Bauer to interact in an official capacity with his former (and now current) firm.

“Bob is a good friend and has served as a trusted advisor for many years,” Obama said in a statement. “Bob was a critical member of the White House team. He has exceptional judgment, wisdom, and intellect, and he will continue to be one of my close advisors.”

Ruemmler has served as principal deputy White House counsel since January of 2010; she joined the administration in January of 2009 as a top official at the Justice Department.