White House names Jarrett 2016 lead

May 3, 2009 1:23:53 PM PDT
On Friday night, the White House posted on its Web site a special ethics waiver allowing senior adviser Valerie Jarrett to lead White House efforts to bring the 2016 Olympics to Chicago. Jarrett had previously served as vice chair of Chicago 2016, the non-profit entity responsible for the Chicago bid.

The waiver, signed by Special Counsel to the President and Designated Agency Ethics Official Norm Eisen, states that: "After consultation with the Counsel to the President, I hereby waive the requirements of paragraph 2 of the Ethics Pledge of Ms. Valerie Jarrett with respect to her former relationship with Chicago 2016. I have determined that it is in the public interest to grant the waiver because Ms. Jarrett's knowledge and expertise on the United States' sole Olympic bid for 2016 make her an ideal person to lead Administration efforts in support of this bid. I understand that Ms. Jarrett will otherwise comply with the remainder of the pledge and with all preexisting government ethics rules."

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