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White House Withdraws Lawyer’s Ambassador Nomination After DUI Arrest

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Timothy M. Broas, Partner

Timothy M. Broas.

Last Thursday, the White House withdrew President Obama’s nomination of Timothy M. Broas for ambassador of the Netherlands, without saying why. On Friday, as Donovan Slack writes for Politico 44, the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) reported that Broas was charged with drunk driving and resisting arrest. The arrest took place on suburban Maryland on June 19, Arnie Parnes notes on The Hill’s Global Affairs blog.

Elie Mystal writes for that according to AllGov, Broas, 58, was pulled over by Montgomery County police at 1:18 a.m. on June 19 at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Shepherd Street in Chevy Chase, Maryland, only one mile from his home. He was charged with attempting to drive a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, driving 47 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone, and resisting arrest, which is a criminal offense.

Mystal continues:

Broas, who has made no public comment himself, was said by [White House spokeswoman Debra] Reed to be hopeful that the charges would ‘be resolved under the transportation code,’ which is legalese for saying he hopes the criminal resisting arrest charge will be dismissed. A trial date has been set in Rockville, Md., for August 6.

Broas, a lawyer in Washington, D.C., is a top fundraiser for the Obama campaign, Slack writes, and is listed on records released by the campaign as having raised more than $500,000 for the president’s reelection.

Slack quotes the following from the CPI report:

Broas ‘withdrew his nomination for personal reasons,’ said Debra Reed, a spokeswoman. ‘That’s the extent of what we’ll say about that.’ […]

A trial date has been set in Rockville, Md., for August 6.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz echoed that Broas withdrew his nomination ‘for personal reasons’ but declined to comment further.

According to, Broas, a lawyer with Winston & Strawn, represents high-profile clients like UBS Securities and Papa John’s International, and was appointed by Obama in 2010 to be a trustee with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Broas’s bio on Winston & Strawn says he was named in the 2010, 2011, and 2012 editions of Best Lawyers in America, and has been honored as a Super Lawyer for white-collar criminal defense in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers in 2007 and 2011.

Image by Winston & Strawn, used under Fair Use: Reporting.


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