The White House is about to hire former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to assist with its impeachment response, according to reports from The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
One of the reports states that Bondi, who has been working for lobbyist Brian Ballard since she left office last January, will join the White House communications staff “temporarily,” and will also work on special projects. Former U.S. Treasury spokesman Tony Sayegh will reportedly join Bondi in the role.
Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender tweeted:
Adding Sayegh & Bondi is both an acknowledgment Trump needs help coordinating a response to the House probe, & a compromise between competing factions in the White House where rivalries opened during a two week-long process deliberation over which adviser to bring inside.
— Michael C. Bender (@MichaelCBender) November 6, 2019
Bender adds that press secretary Stephanie Grisham and chief of staff Mick Mulvaney support Bondi’s hiring.
On Wednesday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced that the first round of public, televised impeachment hearings will begin next Wednesday. Transcripts of closed-door interviews that have been conducted with top administration officials are now being released.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway hinted last week that the White House was considering adding staff who would be focused on the impeachment proceedings. She said, “I think if this is something intense, but single-focused, albeit temporary, there’s an argument for bringing in a few extra hands and minds onto the team.”
The first round of public testimony will include top Ukraine diplomat William Taylor, career diplomat George Kent, and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.