Fred F. Fielding

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BornMarch 21, 1939
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma materGettysburg College, University of Virginia
SpouseMaria Dugger
Member of9-11/Commission
Member of 9-11/Commission. "World-class keeper of secrets".

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In office
January 31, 2007 - January 20, 2009
Preceded byHarriet Miers
Succeeded byGregory B. Craig

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In office
January 20, 1981 - May 23, 1986

Fred Fisher Fielding is an American lawyer. He held the office of White House Counsel for US Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush in addition to serving as an Associate and Deputy White House Counsel for Richard Nixon under John Dean. Fielding was also of counsel to the presidential transition of Donald Trump. He was a member of the 9/11 Commission.

"World-class keeper of secrets"

"Fred Fielding held one of the most important jobs on the Bush transition team of 2000-01. He was the guy who met with potential cabinet nominees one-on-one, in a locked room with the windowshades drawn, and asked what was potentially a very sensitive question: 'Anything in your background that might embarass the president?' The guy is presumably a world-class keeper of secrets."[1]


Law firms

Fielding was a senior partner at Wiley Rein LLP (formerly Wiley Rein & Fielding), a Washington, D.C. law firm, and in 2009, Fielding joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP as a partner in the firm's Washington office.[2] In 2007, he represented, along with a great many others, Blackwater Worldwide, a private military company. Following the Blackwater Baghdad shootings, Henry Waxman's House Oversight Committee subpoenaed its chief executive officer Erik Prince to testify. The climate of opinion among politicians and the public at large jeopardized its contracts to provide security for State Department personnel in Iraq.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

Presidential administrations

Richard Nixon

Fielding served as Associate Counsel for President Richard Nixon from 1970 to 1972, where he was the deputy to John Dean during the Watergate scandal.

Ronald Reagan

He was the Counsel to the President for President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1986.

George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton

Fielding served on the Tribunal on the U.S.-UK Air Treaty Dispute (1989–1994), George H.W. Bush's Commission on Federal Ethics Law Reform (1989), and Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater's Task Force on Aviation Disasters (1997–1998).

9/11 Commission

In 2002 Fielding, became one of ten members of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9/11 Commission).[9]

George W. Bush

Fielding returned to government on January 8, 2007 by President George W. Bush to replace outgoing White House Counsel Harriet Miers.[10] Fielding was responsible for approving the pardon issued by President Bush to convicted real estate fraudster Isaac Toussie. When the New York Daily News reported that Toussie had made large contributions to the Republican Party, the White House revoked the pardon the next day.[11] According to Time magazine in July 2009, Fielding opposed Vice President Dick Cheney's request that President Bush issue a full pardon to convicted vice presidential aide Scooter Libby. Following Fielding's advice, Bush ended up not pardoning Libby. Former federal judge J. Michael Luttig, who worked with Fielding in the Reagan Administration said: "He has a firm, clear view of executive prerogative, but he also understands as well as anyone in Washington the constitutional need for compromise. He is not someone that takes an absolutist position and then drives the presidency and the branches together off the brink. He has judgment". [9]

Donald Trump

Fielding serves on president-elect Donald Trump's legal team.[12] Fielding's work for Trump was announced by his Morgan, Lewis colleague, Sheri Dillon, when she spoke at Trump's January 11, 2017, a day after a leaked document alleged the Trump campaign's long suspected collusion with Russian efforts to derail his presidential campaign competitor Hillary Clinton.[13]


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