**FILE** In this photo from April 30, 2008, Robert Bauer, President Obama's top lawyer at the White House, is seen in Washington. Bauer is resigning to return to private practice and represent Obama as his personal attorney and as general counsel to Obama's re-election campaign. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** In this photo from April 30, 2008, Robert Bauer, President Obama's top lawyer at the White House, is seen in Washington. Bauer is resigning to return to private practice and represent Obama as his personal attorney and as general counsel to Obama's re-election campaign. (Associated Press)