Skip to comments.Gorelick to Head BP Legal Team
Posted on 06/02/2010 5:37:57 PM PDT by jazusamo
Former Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick will head the legal team for British Petroleum as it prepares to respond to legal challenges related to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Greenwire reported Wednesday.
We have been retained to help the company respond to the numerous congressional inquiries that are underway, Gorelick, now of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, said in an e-mail to Greenwire. We have not been retained to advocate for any position.
Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday that the Justice Department had opened a criminal probe into who was responsible for the oil spill, but declined to name the target. Investigators are considering both civil actions and criminal charges, Holder said.
Gorelick served as Deputy Attorney General under then-Attorney General Janet Reno during the Clinton administration. Gorelick also sat on the bipartisan Sept. 11 Commission.
BP has worked with Gorelick before; she was a lobbyist in 2007 when she helped BP respond to an inquiry from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, according to Greenwire.
Kenneth Green, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, told Greenwire that Gorelicks knowledge of the Justice Department will help BP steer the ins and outs of the process. You want an inside player for that.
The company that owned and leased the Deepwater Horizon rig to BP, Transocean Ltd., has recruited Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, while Halliburton Co. which worked on the rig has hired Patton Boggs LLP, Greenwire reported.
BP is doomed.
Jeez. No clue is she is a capable lawyer or not, but she was a disastrous bureaucrat. Possibly the worst in the past 25 years.
Jamie Gorelick: The whitehead of America’s zits.
You have GOT to be #%!king kidding me!
No clue either but she has to know something about corruption working in the Clinton administration.
Further down the Rabbit whore, . I mean Hole.
Good Lord! Hasn’t this woman done more than enough damage to the US to be trusted with anything at all?
It would be comical if it weren’t so tragic. Our country is so corrupt.
Oh geeez. No wonder their rig blew up and they can’t shut off the leak. They are more incompetent than the Obama regime.
This woman and her “gorilla wall” are primarily responsible for 9-11.
You would think even liberals would be smart enough to question why this woman keeps popping up wherever there’s trouble.
Apparently stupid runs pretty deep.
Is BP f***ing INSANE???
With those firms involved, the attorney fees may well exceed the cleanup costs.
If I recall correctly, the law at the time set a cap on cleanup damages at $75 million. That being the case, BP has a hammer to use against Obama if the DoJ gets too aggressive. BP could say they will pay the government the $75 million and let Obama figure out how to clean it up for that price.
Absolutely and you'd think a company the size of BP would take note of that.
Hasn’t she done enough damage to our country?
Maybe she can erect the "Gorelick Wall" around the gusher and finally contain the well.
Where have I hear that name before...?
Wow, you really couldn’t ask for a better choice there, Hussein. You’re a genius.
From Maureen Dowd’s NYT column yesterday:
...Dick Cheneys dark influence is still belching like the well. BP just brought on a new public relations executive: Anne Womack-Kolton, who served as Cheneys campaign press secretary in 2004 and worked in W.s White House and at the Energy Department...
So, in order to be fair and balanced, Maureen will slip a snarky reference into her next column about Gorelick, right? /s
My reaction as well. Gorelick is exceptionally well connected, but possessed of colossally poor judgment and a closed liberal mindset. Remember the Gorelick wall that made 9/11 possible?
The latter characteristic makes me a bit surprised to hear BP hired her. But then, they're not from around here, are they?
Wouldn’t be surprising if she was picked to negotiate something along those lines, stranger things have happened. Also I’ve read that BP was a large donor of Obama.
Gorelick is teflon in DC. She made a ton on money from Fannie Mae. Despite being directly associated the “wall” she was a member of the 9-11 commission. Outside the Beltway we are scratching our heads but she does have a direct line to her buddy Holder.
the mistress of disaster.
Gorelick has quite a pedigree for someone so clearly inept.
OKC investigative board member
Chairman of Fannie Mae
lawyer for Duke university defense team
Gorelick is currently a lobbyist for the lending industry fighting student loan reform
....need any more proof BP and Spock are in bed together?
Easy one - they are all on the same side. Against America.
Good poing That's probably the deciding factor.
If only I was a cartoonist.....
Imagine the convicted, working, toiling, to fix his accident, while the hangman awaits at the gallows off in the distance.
Priceless, huh? She is the smoke and mirros expert.
All positions are the same - CYAs for all - since they're all involved in the same scam:
Hard to say, she appears to be an equal opportunity marxist scumbag. Even Wiki beats up on her.
“Even though she had no previous training nor experience in finance, Gorelick was appointed Vice Chairman of Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) from 1997 to 2003. She served alongside former Clinton Administration official Franklin Raines. During that period, Fannie Mae developed a $10 billion accounting scandal.
On March 25, 2002, Business Week interviewed Gorelick about the health of Fannie Mae. Gorelick is quoted as saying, “We believe we are managed safely. We are very pleased that Moody’s gave us an A-minus in the area of bank financial strength — without a reference to the government in any way. Fannie Mae is among the handful of top-quality institutions.” One year later, Government Regulators “accused Fannie Mae of improper accounting to the tune of $9 billion in unrecorded losses”.
In an additional scandal concerning falsified financial transactions that helped the company meet earnings targets for 1998, a “manipulation” that triggered multimillion-dollar bonuses for top executives, Gorelick received $779,625.
Investigation by the OFHEO detailed in their official report on the accounting scandal in 2006 on page 66 that from 1998 to 2002 Gorelick received a total of $26,466,834.00 in income.”
My guess is that BP figures she has the right connections in a Democratic administration.
Gorelick works for Clinton...not Obama or BP. She will work to make Hillary look good and nothing more.
Explain this to me. Gorelick=Clinton administration=Rahm Emanuel and Eric Holer=Obama=Gorelick=BP??
oops Holder with a “d”. Although Holer...
Wow! What a can of worms, one big corrupt family.
BP is trying buy political protection. Gorelick is no lawyer, she’s an affirmative action beneficiary who earns a living as a “fixer” - she is peddling influence. You won’t hear much about the real lawyers in the case - not that the law matters much any more.
That woman must have pictures and negatives of every important person in Washington. Where does she get her power?
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP... The same firm Jamie Gorelick works for.... Hmmm.... Go here..
Who do they have as clients?
*General Electric & Goldman Sachs.........
Also Todd Stern is from Wilmer etc.....
"Todd D. Stern has been a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, focusing on climate change and environmental issues. He is also a partner at the giant law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, where he is vice chair of the firm's Public Policy and Strategy practice." "After more than a decade as a private lawyer and senior fellow with the Center for American Progress, Stern will once again attack the complex, urgent and global threat of climate change in the Obama administration, which has made environmental issues one of its top priorities."
Also look @ how Progressive Wilmer, Cutler etc are.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WilmerHale
At a Glance
Current Position (Mr. Stern) : Special envoy for climate change (since January 2009)
Career History: Partner at WilmerHale (since 2001);
Adviser to the Secretary of the Treasury (1999 to 2001) (Can you say Robert Rubin? if my memory is correct?);
Head of the Initiative on Global Climate Change (1997 to 1999) Alma Mater: Dartmouth College, 1973; Harvard Law School, J.D., 1977
( Who went their then that are fellow travelers???)
Now who she is on a board of and what they are into...
Schlumberger, The Corporation, Jamie Gorelick is on the board of Directors. Form their site..... Jamie S. Gorelick, 59, has been a director of the Company since 2002. She has been a Partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, an international law firm, since July 2003. Ms. Gorelick is a director of United Technologies Corporation (since 2000), a provider of high technology products and services, where she serves on its finance, compensation and public issues review committees.
Also Schlumberger, The Corporation, Jamie Gorelick is on the board of Directors of....
What are they working on? Carbon Sequestering...
She starts out as a defender and she’ll end up running the show.
This is just like.........putting an idiot in charge of your legal team.
LOL -- had I been home when this article was posted, I woulda beat you to it!
The reason Obama favored BP and took contributions is because they are European. Better than a US oil company in his view.
BP gave a $500,000,000 contract to Stephen Chu before he became Sec. of Energy for some kind of alternative fuel research.
Don't expect them to hire a right-leaning lawyer.