As Josh just observed
, Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) is still under investigation for his role in alleged trading of congressional earmarks. A major figure in that inquiry, which you can read more about here
, is GOP congressman-turned-lobbyist Bill Lowery.Lowery's lawyer during
the initial days of the Lewis probe, and during the height of the Randy "Duke" Cunningham scandal, was former Clinton administration counsel Lanny Breuer -- who was recently nominated by President Obama to lead the Justice Department's criminal division.
Breuer was also a registered lobbyist
as recently as last year, representing Yahoo on "law enforcement demands for user information," according to the Senate disclosure database.
Does that mean Breuer will have to seek a waiver from the Obama administration's ethics order on prior lobbying, as Pentagon No. 2 nominee Bill Lynn recently did
? Perhaps, though his was a far narrower involvement than that of Lynn or former Goldman Sachs lobbyist Mark Patterson
, the new Treasury Department chief of staff.
Either way, it's worth noting that private sector employment isn't an automatic black mark for those re-entering government service.