Wolfowitz Hires Clinton Lawyer

Bennett comes to neocon's aid as former World Bank staff call for resignation
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2007 7:32 AM CDT
World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, attends a news conference at the conclusion of the 2007 Spring meetings at International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington, Sunday, April 15, 2007. Wolfowitz...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Paul Wolfowitz has hired Robert Bennett, Bill Clinton's counsel during the Paula Jones affair, to guide the besieged World Bank president through his own budding scandal. Bennett immediately dismissed talk of Wolfie's resignation, even after dozens of former staffers placed an ad in the Financial Times calling on him to quit.

"He feels people are trying to interfere with his job to get at world poverty, and he wants to get this thing behind him,” said Bennett, who also represented Judith Miller. Though Shaha Riza-gate is the proximate cause of the crisis, Wolfowitz's abrasive management style has also been an issue; he told staffers yesterday he may hire a leadership coach to adjust his act.