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White House Defends Verrilli’s Supreme Court Performance

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Stung by savage reviews of the administration’s courtroom defense Tuesday, the White House is riding to the defense of its solicitor general, Donald Verrilli Jr.

“He ably and skillfully represented the United States before the Supreme Court yesterday,” White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler writes in a statement given to ABC News and other news organizations, “and we have every confidence that he will continue to do so.”

The chief White House lawyer vouched for him, saying, “Mr. Verrilli is an extraordinarily talented advocate who possesses a sharp mind, keen judgment and unquestionable integrity.”

Ruemmler and Deputy White House Chief of Staff Nancy-Ann DeParle were among the West Wing officials seated in the Supreme Court for the health care arguments defending the Affordable Care Act from a constitutional challenge and occasionally bruising questions from at least four skeptical justices.

Verrilli was named to the solicitor general’s position by President Obama last year, and he is a veteran litigator before the high court, but his performance Tuesday was roundly criticized by pundits as weak and ineffectual.

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Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. Nominated as Next Solicitor General of US Justice Dept

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The White House has nominated Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. as the next Solicitor General of the Department of Justice.  Verrilli, who currently serves as Deputy Counsel to the President, was a top contender for the job after Elena Kagan was nominated for the Supreme Court. The decision will surprise some court-watchers, however, as Neal Katyal, who has been serving as the Acting Solicitor General since Kagan’s nomination, was also a top contender for the job.

Verrilli’s nomination will require Senate confirmation.

Verrilli worked briefly for the Justice Department, and he spent 20 years as a litigator for the law firm of Jenner & Block. He has argued 12 cases in front of the Supreme Court. His most famous victory came when he represented media companies claiming that a music file-sharing service called Grokster could be sued for copyright infringement.

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