AG Barr Can Work On 1MDB Probe Despite Kirkland Ties

Law360 (April 23, 2019, 8:42 PM EDT) -- Attorney General Bill Barr can work on a Justice Department probe of an alleged multibillion-dollar fraud scheme involving the 1Malaysia Development Berhad sovereign wealth fund, despite his former employer Kirkland & Ellis LLP's involvement in the case, according to an Office of Government Ethics waiver.

Barr got the waiver earlier this month, exempting him from part of an ethics pledge that President Donald Trump instituted through an executive order shortly after taking office. Under the pledge, administration officials promise to recuse themselves from any matters involving former employers or clients for at least two years after their appointment.

“This waiver does...

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