FIRST IN PI — FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL STAFFER HEADS TO K STREET: Jennifer Arangio, a former National Security Council senior director who was ousted last year after President Donald Trump named John Bolton his national security adviser, is heading to K Street. She’ll join Federal Advocates as a vice president. A former congressional staffer, Arangio worked on Trump’s campaign as director of women empowerment and served on the transition after Trump’s election. A former White House official described her last year as “fiercely loyal to the president” but said she’d clashed with Stephen Miller and other Trump aides over refugees, among other issues.

— “Jennifer will immediately begin lobbying on behalf of the Firm’s clients across the Federal government, including the Hill and the Trump Administration,” Michael Esposito, Federal Advocates’ president, wrote in an email to PI. While other former Trump administration officials are limited in their ability to lobby the administration due to Trump’s ethics pledge, Arangio won’t face such restrictions because she never signed the pledge, according to the firm.

— Federal Advocates declined to make Arangio available for an interview. Asked why she never signed the pledge, Esposito replied by email that “Jennifer views herself as a strong advocate of the Trump Administration’s policies and is committed to working with clients that are similarly aligned.” She won’t be the first former administration official to lobby who hasn’t signed the pledge. Rob Wasinger, who briefly worked for the State Department after Trump’s inauguration before joining McGuireWoods Consulting as a lobbyist, told The Washington Post he’d never signed the pledge. Wasinger now lobbies for clients including Amazon, Equifax and Verizon, according to disclosure filings.

Original Article: https://www.politico.com/newsletters/politico-influence/2019/02/07/federal-advocates-hires-former-nsc-staffer-505802