Continued from page 1

The Foreign Ministry expects Norman Eisen to arrive in September, nearly 19 months after Ambassador Richard Graber, a political appointee of President George W. Bush, stepped down.

Mr. Eisen, who still needs Senate confirmation, was known as “Mr. No” for his work in drafting a strict code of ethics for the White House staff, although the code of conduct seems to have been flexible.

Even the organization he helped create, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), lambasted the White House for allowing top officials to meet with lobbyists in Washington coffeehouses to get around administration restrictions.

“The public is being suckered with lofty rhetoric about the evils of the same lobbyists White House officials are meeting with,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan.

Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297 or e-mail jmorrison@washingtontimes.com.