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Robert B. Barnett

AKA Robert Bruce Barnett

Born: 26-Aug-1946
Birthplace: Waukegan, IL

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Attorney

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Washington literary agent, debate coach

The go-to author's representative for the Washington elite, Barnett has negotiated lucrative book deals for Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Bob Woodward, Alan Greenspan, James Patterson, Katharine Graham, Tim Russert, Stephen White, George Will, Art Buchwald, James Carville and Mary Matalin, Karl Rove, Donna Brazile, Kitty Dukakis, William Bennett, James Baker, Cokie Roberts, Tony Blair, Queen Noor, Benazir Bhutto, and many others. Negotiated to block a new edition of Lynne Cheney's novel Sisters.

A tri-state debate champion in high school, Barnett is also well-respected as a debate coach for Democratic candidates. Barnett played George H.W. Bush in mock debates with Geraldine Ferraro, Michael Dukakis, and Clinton, and later played Dick Cheney in practice debates with Joseph Lieberman and John Edwards. In 2012, Barnett was the lawyer that Gen David Petraeus hired, after an affair cost Petraeus his post as CIA Director.

Barnett also gave debate prep to Hillary Clinton, for both her senatorial and presidential primary campaigns. He was her personal attorney during the Whitewater scandal, and was twice chosen to break the news to her about her husband's infidelities.

Collects antique cuff links.

Father: Bernard Barnett
Mother: Betty Barnett
Wife: Rita Braver (CBS correspondent, b. 1948, m. 10-Aug-1972, one daughter)
Daughter: Meredith (b. 1978)

    University: BA Political Science, University of Wisconsin at Madison (1968)
    Law School: JD, University of Chicago Law School (1971)
    Administrator: Board of Visitors, Political Science Dept., University of Wisconsin at Madison

    Williams & Connolly Partner (1978-)
    Williams & Connolly Associate (1975-78)
    Congressional Staff Legislative Asst. to Sen. Walter Mondale (1973-75)
    Law Clerk to Justice Byron White (1972-73)
    Law Clerk to Judge John Minor Wisdom (1971-72)
    District of Columbia Bar
    Kennedy Center Trustee (1994-2004)
    Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity
    US Supreme Court Bar
    Whitewater Scandal

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