Biden White House hires attorney Richard Sauber as he prepares for possible GOP investigations after midterms

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Sauber, currently the Department of Veterans Affairs’ top lawyer, is expected to start in the White House in the coming weeks with the title of “special adviser to the president.”

“Dick is an excellent attorney who brings decades of experience that will be a valuable asset,” Ian Sams, spokesman for the White House attorney, told CNN. “As we have done since the transition, we are ensuring that the White House is prepared for the issues we face or will face in the future, and we have built and continue to build a strong legal team to carry out our work and serve the public and the President.”

News of Sauber’s hiring comes after CNN reported in April that White House officials were planning a slew of personnel moves as officials braced for a possible Republican takeover of Capitol Hill in November. Democrats, who hold narrow majorities in the U.S. House and Senate, face a tough midterm environment this year amid growing economic concerns and lackluster approval ratings for President Joe Biden.

The GOP has promised to be aggressive in its investigations of Biden if Republicans regain control of Congress. In April, CNN announced the return of Anita Dunn, one of Biden’s closest advisers, as well as the hiring of Sams for her current position in communications.

The White House has been preparing for months for the possibility of Republicans winning the U.S. House — and possibly the Senate — after the midterms, a source familiar with CNN told CNN.

A White House official told CNN on Saturday that the administration “is not making assumptions about the midterm elections.”

“We expect and prepare for oversight, regardless of which party leads the House and Senate,” the official added.

The New York Times was the first to report Sauber’s hiring.
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