The husband of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and an attorney for Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, are apparently partners at the same law firm, Latham & Watkins.
Cheney’s husband, Philip Perry, has worked at the law firm since 2007. According to Perry’s biography listed on the firm’s website, he also worked as general counsel in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as well as the White House Office of Management and Budget during the George W. Bush administration, when Cheney’s father, Dick Cheney, was vice president.
Perry specializes in law regarding biotechnology, federal government regulation, and homeland and national security, according to his biography.
Perry’s fellow partner at Latham & Watkins, Chris Clark, has been representing Hunter Biden in some federal tax cases since December 2020. Clark “represents Robert Hunter Biden in a Grand Jury investigation regarding tax issues,” his biography reads.
Clark’s other notable clients include Elon Musk and Mark Cuban, according to his biography.
Another partner of the firm has also been hired by the Biden administration. In January 2021, Nicholas McQuaid was appointed to lead the criminal division at the Department of Justice, despite stern objections from Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).
Liz Cheney has issued a statement denying any conflict of interest between her husband’s work and Clark’s association with the president’s son.
“Latham & Watkins has 3000 lawyers and thousands of clients. Mr. Perry has no role at all in any matter involving Hunter Biden,” Cheney’s spokesman said.
Latham & Watkins has long supported Democratic candidates, according to the New York Post, which referred to the firm as “a Democratic powerhouse.” The firm as a whole donated $500,000 to Joe Biden’s presidential campaign in 2020, and Clark donated nearly $4,000 to Biden himself.
Meanwhile, Liz Cheney’s role as the sole representative from the state of Wyoming will soon come to an end. She was soundly defeated by Republican challenger Harriet Hageman in the state primary held on Tuesday. Cheney has not ruled out a possible presidential bid in 2024.