January 8, 1997 in Nation/World

Clinton Hires New Counsel

Compiled From Wire Services

President Clinton named former Watergate prosecutor Charles F.C. Ruff on Tuesday to replace Jack Quinn as White House counsel, the administration’s top legal troubleshooter.

Quinn surprised Clinton late last year by resigning, saying he needed to make more money for his family.

As the White House’s lead attorney, Quinn coordinated the administration’s response to Clinton’s growing legal problems.

Ruff, a former partner at the Covington & Burling law firm, is the attorney for the District of Columbia. Known as a politically savvy lawyer, Ruff represented numerous political figures in his private practice, including Anita Hill, Sen. Charles Robb, D-Va., and former White House aide Ira Magaziner.

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