Covington & Burling and Fulbright & Jaworski are among the firms appointed by President-elect Barack Obama to review investigations shelved during the Republican administration.
Obama selected Covington partner Eric Holder and Fulbright partner Richard Smith to join his transition team to look into the Department of Justice (DoJ) during George W Bush’s time in office.
A source close to the DoJ told The Lawyer that the Republicans are seen as being corporate-friendly, and so in some circumstances would turn a blind eye to wrongdoing.
“The wars are a good example of where there were investigations into high-powered and influential people that just disappeared,” said the source. “The transition team will be probing every area of government.”
Holder, who is a former deputy attorney general, has been named as Obama’s attorney general – the first African-American to be appointed to the post.