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Re: Joel Klein's lobbying for Boeing

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  Date: Fri, 25 Jul 1997 17:52:56 -0400 (EDT)
  Posted for:  Shelley Richman <SRICHMAN@BNA.COM> follows.
  On transnational matters, we should leave our post-Watergate 
  baggage at the shore and remember that presidential appointees 
  in the Justice Department, just like ministerial appointees in 
  foreign ministries of justice, serve at the pleasure of the 
  head of government and that they represent their governments.
  Of course, Joel could have declined to be the emissary for the 
  White House; that's a difficult choice for a lawyer vis-…-vis 
  any President. I'm certain the Europeans didn't think twice 
  about Joel's role in forcefully advancing the policy of his 
  President's administration. The alternative was to have a hack 
  from the State Department or Commerce Department do the work 
  in the trenches. I'm certain that the Division's Chief on his 
  worst day would outperform by light years any hack from State 
  or Commerce.
  On the other hand, I would have been concerned if any FTC 
  commissioner would have accepted an invitation from the White 
  House to lobby the EU on the Boeing deal. Such assignments 
  should not be assigned to commissioners of independent 
  regulatory amendments.
  Best regards,
  Shelley Richman