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Obama's solicitor general Donald Verrilli is stepping down

Obama's solicitor general Donald Verrilli is stepping down

Donald B. Verrilli Jr., President Obama’s top courtroom lawyer who defended his healthcare and immigration plans before the Supreme Court, is stepping down as U.S. solicitor general at the end of this month.

Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch announced his departure Thursday and described Verrilli as “a brilliant lawyer, a devoted public servant and one of the most consequential solicitors general in American history.”

Verrilli faced a Supreme Court whose conservative majority was often skeptical of Obama’s initiatives. But despite some struggles, he prevailed in major cases that upheld the Affordable Care Act, struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and...

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