Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus is reportedly rejoining a law firm that he previously worked with and signing on with the Washington Speakers Bureau, according to reports.
Priebus, the man who led the Republican National Committee (RNC) for about six years before signing on as Donald Trump’s chief of staff for around 6 months, will return to the law firm Michael Best and Friedrich LLP based out of Wisconson. He’ll be taking on the role of president and chief strategist at the firm.
From there, he will help lead the government affairs group within the firm, help consult and manage clients in corporations, and, according to him, avoid working as a lobbyist. Priebus stated that he didn’t want to do any lobbying in Washington and that at this time he doesn’t plan on registering as a lobbyist. He also made it very clear that he doesn’t want to work for any foreign governments, he wants to work to make this country great.
In his eyes, he sees him place as helping clients understand how to get things done in the Trump era, be it in dealings with the White House, lawmakers on Capitol Hill, or other government agencies.
“I look forward to continuing to work with friends and colleagues and assist them in maneuvering through politics, politicians and courtrooms,” Priebus said in a statement.
According to The Daily Caller:
Priebus will give paid speeches on Trump, Capitol Hill and politics in Washington ahead of the 2018 election — and already has events lined up in New York and London, after traveling to South Korea last week for a dinner. He declined to say what his speaking fee is.
Priebus had a rocky stretch in the White House, which was engulfed by bickering among staff trying to manage a temperamental president. He was often attacked by other aides and seen as ineffectual at managing Trump, who abruptly replaced him with retired Marine general John Kelly in late July via Twitter.
But he retained his cachet and goodwill in GOP circles – and has a deep knowledge of the political process. At the RNC, he was viewed as a strong fundraiser who had deep ties with his members.
Others, including former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and Barry Bennett, have also set up businesses near the White House, seeking to channel their knowledge of the Trump administration on clients’ behalf.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, a fellow Wisconsinite who considers Priebus a close friend, said he had a “mix of book smarts, street smarts, and a non-stop work ethic.”
Priebus still has friends and supporters in the Capital who are being supportive of his new move. North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows claims that Priebus is a valuable asset in any work that will be done. “He would be one of my three or four top picks in navigating Washington,” Meadows said. “He has connections within the administration and across Capitol Hill that are almost unparalleled.”
In whatever Priebus plans to do, we know he’ll do very well.