With the resignation of Supreme Court Just...er, White House Counsel Harriet Meyers, White House advsiors told President Bush he needed to "lawyer up" to face the newly elected Democractic Congress.
Looks like he took those words to heart. According to Time:
"In a signal that he could be open to working more closely with congressional Democrats rather than stonewalling, President Bush plans to name the widely respected Republican lawyer Fred F. Fielding as White House counsel this week..."
Hiring Fred F. Fielding really is the equivalent of bringing in the "big guns."
Also from the Time article:
"Fielding was Counsel to President Reagan from 1981 to 1986, deputy White House counsel from 1972 to 1974 and associate White House counsel from 1970 to 1972."
Sooooo, basically Bush is expecting the worst, and has brought in a lawyer that was involved in representing Ronald Reagan during the Iran Contra Affair, and Richard Nixon during Watergate. Sounds like "The Decider" is shaking in his Gucci cowboy boots.
Outside of Fielding's experience in other corrupt administrations, Fielding is a partner in Wiley Rein & Fielding, a law firm based in Washington DC that has had it's hand in helping the spread of fake news.
According to Sourcewatch:
"In October 2006, Wiley Rein & Fielding law and lobby firm filed an appeal with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), on behalf of the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA), asking the agency to halt its investigation of 77 television stations found to have aired video news releases (VNRs) without disclosure."
Sounds like Mr. Fielding will fit nicely into the current criminal administration. Welcome aboard.