Ex-Clinton Lawyer Passes Away

  • Bill Clinton’s first White House Counsel passed away at the age of 84
  • Previous to working as the White House counsel he was a corporate lawyer in New York and a friend of Hillary Clinton. 
  • He died of heart disease

Bernard W. Nussbaum, who was Bill Clinton’s first White House counsel, passed away today at the age of 84.

From New York Times:

Bernard W. Nussbaum, who as President Bill Clinton’s first White House counsel became a lightning rod in a rash of bitter controversies that plagued Mr. Clinton early in his administration, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 84.

The cause was heart disease, his son Frank said.

Mr. Nussbaum was a corporate lawyer in New York and an old friend of the first lady, Hillary Clinton, when her husband named him to the counsel post after being elected as a Democrat to his first term in 1992.

Mr. Nussbaum served for 14 months, resigning at Mr. Clinton’s request amid relentless attacks on the Clintons over a series of imbroglios, starting with a failed Arkansas land venture in which they had taken part years before they reached the White House — an episode known as the Whitewater affair. Then came the suicide of the deputy counsel, Vincent W. Foster Jr., giving rise to official inquiries and fevered conspiracy theories. And finally there was the F.B.I.’s agreement to a White House request for files on dozens of Republicans whom the bureau had screened for White House jobs in past administrations.

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