Biden names former Alito clerk to top White House job

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Joe Biden on Tuesday added a slew of top staffers to his White House team with sterling Democratic credentials. But one of his appointments has a line on her resume that would also make Republicans proud: Onetime clerk to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

Dana Remus, who most recently served as general counsel to the Biden campaign, will become counsel to the president in the new administration. Before joining the campaign, Remus worked as the General Counsel of the Obama Foundation, and as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel for Ethics during the Obama administration.

But it’s Remus’ experience clerking for Alito in 2008 that could prove especially valuable to the Biden administration as it gears up for repeated clashes with the Court’s 6 to 3 conservative majority in the years ahead.

Alito recently gave a speech to the Federalist Society airing grievances with the Court’s decisions on same-sex marriage, abortion, and public health restrictions enacted during the pandemic, signaling an appetite to revisit those precedents and roll them back now that President Trump’s three picks have been confirmed to the bench.

Remus defended Alito against accusations of sexism in a 2013 letter to the Washington Post, calling him “a good man who serves every day with humility, dedication and incredible intelligence and insight.”

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