Indian-American attorney appointed to key White House post


WASHINGTON: US President Trump has appointed prominent Indian-American attorney Uttam Dillon to a key White House position to assist him on ethics and compliance matters.

Dhillon, who served as chief oversight counsel for the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, has been appointed as special assistant to the President.

In this position, he would be part of the legal team to serve under White House counsel Donald F McGahn with respect to compliance and ethics matters.

Prior to joining Financial Services, Dhillon served as chief of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Counter narcotic Enforcement.

He previously worked as an associate deputy attorney general for the Department of Justice, Chief Counsel for the House Select Committee on Homeland Security, Policy Director for the US House of Representatives Policy Committee, and as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles.

Dhillon graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley in 1987.

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 appointment of a team of this calibre reflects the importance of ethics compliance to the President and this administration,” said White House counsel Don McGahn.

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