Biden brings on ‘tough as nails’ former federal prosecutor who helped Democrats fend off Benghazi probe as his new White House counsel while Republican impeachment threat escalates

Biden brings on ‘tough as nails’ former federal prosecutor who helped Democrats fend off Benghazi probe as his new White House counsel while Republican impeachment threat escalates

  • Ed Siskel served in Obama White House amid Benghazi probe
  • He served as Corporation Counsel for Rahm Mayor Emanuel in Chicago 
  • Hiring comes as GOP ramps up Hunter Biden, other probes 

President Joe Biden is bringing on a new White House counsel who is known as a tough former federal prosecutor to help counter an array of House Republican probes and a growing impeachment threat.

Ed Siskel served as deputy counsel during the Obama administration, where he helped defend the administration against heated GOP probes into four U.S. deaths at the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.

He went on to serve as corporation counsel for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel – who developed his own reputation for brass tacks and served as Obama’s  White House chief of staff. 

The move comes amid a flurry of GOP probes, ranging from the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan to multi-pronged inquiries into the business dealings of Biden’s son, Hunter.

President Joe Biden is bringing on former federal prosecutor Ed Siskel as House Republicans gear up for potential impeachment probes

Special Counsel David Weiss is overseeing the investigation of the president’s son following the collapse of a plea deal on tax charges.

House Republicans on Monday subpoenaed IRS and FBI agents involved in the probe. 

‘Our duty is to follow the facts wherever they may lead, and our subpoenas compelling testimony from Biden administration officials are crucial to understanding how the president’s son received special treatment from federal prosecutors and who was the ultimate decision maker in the case,’ said House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) in a statement. 

Lawmakers including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) have introduced impeachment resolutions, and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has floated an impeachment inquiry, saying last month it ‘allows Congress to get the information to be able to know the truth.’

‘He’s got precisely the right temperament for this kind of role,’ former White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler told CNN, mentioning the ‘politically charged’ cycle.

‘He’s great under pressure. Really calm and very understated, but also tough as nails,’ she added. ‘He’s the guy who you want in the foxhole with you.’

Siskel also helped contend with GOP probes into White House connections to solar energy firm Solyndra before it went belly-up. Biden helped finalize a $535 million loan guarantee for the firm during the 2009 economic crisis. 

The White House announced the hiring move in a statement Tuesday.

‘Ed Siskel’s many years of experience in public service and a career defending the rule of law make him the perfect choice to serve as my next White House Counsel,’ Biden said in the statement.  

‘For nearly four years in the White House when I was Vice President, he helped the Counsel’s Office navigate complex challenges and advance the President’s agenda on behalf of the American people, and first as a federal prosecutor and then as the top counsel for one of America’s biggest and most vibrant cities, his hometown of Chicago, Ed has shown a deep commitment to public service and respect for the law. His experience will let him hit the ground running as a key leader on my team as we continue making progress for the American people every day.’ 

Siskel replaces outgoing White House counsel Stuart Delery next month.