| Washington, US | 27 Jan 2017 | Asia Samachar |
President Donald Trump has appointed Indian American attorney Uttam Dhillon as his special assistant and associate councel.
Uttam, an expert in ethics and law, would be part of the legal team to serve under White House Counsel Donald F McGahn with respect to compliance and ethics matters, reports American Bazaar Online.
The appointment made Dhillon the second Indian American on President Trump’s White House staff, and he will have an important role in ensuring that problems do not arise from the businessman-turned-President’s extensive businesses.
Earlier, Trump appointed strategic communications and political research expert Raj Shah as his deputy assistant and research director on the White House staff.
The President also appointed three other India American persons to senior administration positions – Nikki Haley as the ambassador to the UN, Ajit Pai as the head the Federal Communications Commission that regulates all wireless and electronic communications, and Seema Verma as the head of the government health insurance programs.
The report added Trump’s extensive empire of over 400 companies that span the globe has raised ethical issues because of the intersection of business and government. It is the job of the compliance team to ensure that ethics problems do not crop up, or are doused as soon as they come up.
A lawyer with broad public and private sector experience, Uttam joined Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl after serving as chief of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement, according to a press releases in 2013 when he was named Chief Oversight Counsel for the U.S. House Financial Services Committee.
He previously worked as an Associate Deputy Attorney General for the Department of Justice, Chairman of the Attorney General’s Anti-Gang Coordination Committee, Chief Counsel for the House Select Committee on Homeland Security, and Policy Director for the House Policy Committee.
He graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley in 1987. He earned a Master of Arts degree in psychology from the University of California, San Diego in 1984 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from California State University, Sacramento in 1982 the same statement added.
At Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl, Mr. Dhillon focused on complex commercial litigation, federal criminal law and appeals for a variety of firm clients.
Other members of the team are Stefan C Passantino, who has been commissioned to serve as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President, along with Scott Gast and James D Schultz, who have been commissioned to serve as Special Assistants to the President and Associate Counsel to the President.
The White House spokesperson Sean Spicer on Wednesday described the team members as “esteemed” lawyers of “high caliber.”
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