How to Leave the Trump White House With a Million Dollar Parachute


[Some more ways to leave the Trump White House.]

Stockman’s deal was brokered by Robert Barnett, a lawyer at the Washington law firm Williams & Connolly. Barnett, a former top aide to Walter Mondale, did mostly white-collar defense work, but Stockman’s book led to an impressive side hustle. He would later handle book deals for Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, among others, and invariably came to be described in the press as a “superlawyer.” (Barnett, who bills his clients by the hour rather than taking the publishing industry’s standard 15 percent commission, bridles at being called an “agent.”)

Barnett has continued to represent political players, like Stockman, of lesser but sufficient Washington wattage, including the former Clinton communications director George Stephanopoulos, the Bush adviser Karl Rove and the Obama strategist David Axelrod. He…



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