Valley Native Joins White House Legal Team

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Uttam Dhillon, who served as Chief Oversight Counsel for the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, has been appointed as Special Assistant to the President. Photo courtesy: Twitter handle of Uttam Dhillon

WASHINGTON D.C.   President Donald Trump has appointed Imperial Valley native, Uttam Dhillon, an Indian-American attorney, to a key White House position 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 will be part of the legal team to serve under White House Counsel Donald F McGahn with respect to compliance and ethics matters.

Dhillon comes from a third-generation Imperial Valley family and graduated from Central in 1978. Dhillon attended Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1987.

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

Team members 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 caliber reflects the importance of ethics compliance to the President and this administration,” said White House Counsel Don McGahn. PTI

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