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Fox Corp names McGahn, Bannon attorney to board of directors

Fox Corp. has named attorney William Burck, who represented Stephen Bannon and Don McGahn, to its board of directors, the company announced Thursday.

Burck is a managing partner at law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and will serve on the nominating and corporate governance committee of the board.

Earlier this month, Burck accompanied McGahn while House Judiciary Committee lawyers questioned him about Trump's possible obstruction of the Russia investigation, The New York Times reported.

The committee first subpoenaed McGahn to testify more than two years ago, and its efforts to enforce the order had been disputed in courts since then.

Burck has also represented one-time chief White House strategist Bannon in his quest to be reimbursed for $1 million in legal fees from the Department of Justice's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Burck served as deputy staff secretary, special counsel and deputy White House counsel to President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2009, according to the announcement by Fox Corp., the parent company of Fox News. He has also worked for the Department of Justice and was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York.

Separately, the board approved a $2 billion increase in a fund to repurchase company stock.

With the increase, the board has authorized Fox to spend a total of $4 billion to buy back its own stock. So far, the company has repurchased $1.56 billion worth of its shares.

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