Federal Politics

Published — June 29, 2012 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

White House pulls ambassador-nominee accused of drunk driving

Members of the audience take pictures as President Barack Obama steps to the podium at a fundraising event in Atlanta. David Goldman/AP

Attorney was nominated for post in Netherlands

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The White House has withdrawn the nomination of Washington attorney Timothy M. Broas — a top Obama campaign fundraiser — as ambassador to the Netherlands following charges of drunk driving and resisting arrest in suburban Maryland earlier last week.

Court records show that Broas, 58, was pulled over by police on June 19 at 1:18 AM on Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase and charged with “attempting to drive [a] vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.”

He was ticketed for driving 47 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. He also faces a criminal charge of resisting arrest, according to Montgomery County District Court records. The White House announcement was made Thursday night.

Broas, a Chevy Chase resident, has been a major bundler for President Barack Obama, part of an elite group of fundraisers who collect donations from their friends and associates. Obama announced his intent to appoint him to the ambassadorship in April, as the Center for Public Integrity previously reported.

Prior to his nomination, Broas had raised more than $500,000 for Obama’s re-election efforts. He is one of only 117 bundlers to raise at least a half-million dollars for Obama, the Democratic National Committee and Democratic parties in battleground states.

During the president’s campaign four years ago, he also raised between $200,000 and $500,000 for Obama.

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

She added that Broas believed that the charges he faced would “be resolved under the transportation code.” 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.

Broas is a partner in the litigation department of the Washington law firm of Winston & Strawn who specializes in white-collar criminal defense, securities litigation and congressional investigations.

He has also served on the board of trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a D.C.-based, think tank created by Congress in 1968. Obama nominated him for that position in December 2010.

On June 13, he appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and enjoyed a glowing reception from Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass.

Kerry called Broas “a quintessential family man” who “embodies not just the accomplishments to which every American should aspire, but he is a living example of the kind of compassion and strength that we expect from our nation’s diplomats.”

Kerry praised Broas’ “long and very distinguished career in the private practice of law” and noted that legal associations have regularly listed him as one of the best lawyers in America — even a “super lawyer.”

“We’re very fortunate that he’s agreed to serve on behalf of our country,” Kerry said.

In appearing before the committee with members of his family, Broas referred to the Netherlands as the county of his “father’s ancestors.”

A few days later — and hours after Broas was charged by Montgomery County police officers — Kerry reiterated his support at a June 19 business meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

There Kerry called Broas “an outstanding lawyer” and “a terrific, humble, decent guy.” That day his nomination was placed on the Senate’s executive calendar.

A spokeswoman for Kerry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Like other presidents before him, Obama has faced criticism for appointing bundlers to key positions.

A 2011 Center investigation found nearly 200 of Obama’s 2008 campaign bundlers or their spouses won White House appointments. Nearly 80 percent of those who raised $500,000 or more joined the administration in some role, often as ambassadors.

Obama’s record of welcoming bundlers from his first campaign into his administration is about the same as former President George W. Bush’s, the investigation found.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

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Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

jan v
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jan v

all the lobbyists are running all our government agencies and all the career civil servants who know how to run the country have been fired. YOU think this is a good thing ? what a crock…

Anonymous
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Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

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At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

South Jersey
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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.