Former Obama official: We never needed lawyers — ‘just thought I’d point that out’

Chris lu
Chris Lu. Miller Center

As the White House ends another week engulfed in controversy, a former aide who served under Barack Obama threw a rhetorical jab at the Trump administration on Friday.

Chris Lu, a former White House cabinet secretary and former deputy secretary of the US Labour Department, wrote on Twitter: “I served 4 years in the Obama White House. I never hired a lawyer, and I don’t know anyone who did.”

Lu appeared to be referring to the Trump administration, which has been buried in negative headlines for much of the last seven months.

Several members of the Trump administration, including Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner have hired outside counsel to represent them during the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Jamie Gorelick, one of Kushner’s attorney’s, announced on Friday that she would no longer represent him.

Conversations surrounding Russia’s meddling shifted to President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Trump Jr. this week. He is now facing scrutiny over a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer who offered him damaging information on Hillary Clinton at the height of the contentious 2016 campaign.