Jay Lefkowitz

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Jay Lefkowitz

Jay Lefkowitz (born 20 November 1962) is an American lawyer. He is a senior partner at the Kirkland & Ellis law firm, and he also served as President Bush's Special Envoy for Human Rights in North Korea.


Lefkowitz is a graduate of Columbia University and Columbia Law School.[citation needed] Earlier in the George W. Bush administration, Lefkowitz was general counsel in the Office of Management and Budget and later deputy director of domestic policy at the White House. He crafted Bush's policy on stem cell research.[1] After leaving the White House in 2003, he was twice offered West Wing jobs.[citation needed]

He was also Director of Cabinet Affairs and Deputy Executive Secretary to the Domestic Policy Council for President George H.W. Bush. Near the end of the Cold War, Lefkowitz was active in the movement to allow Soviet Jews or "Refuseniks" to emigrate from the Soviet Union.[citation needed]

North Korea[edit]

As envoy for North Korean human rights, Lefkowitz referred to the North Korean government as a "criminal regime," criticized those who provide Pyongyang with assistance, and urged that China respect the rights of North Korean refugees.[2]


President George W. Bush appointed him to serve on the Honorary Delegation to accompany him to Jerusalem for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel in May 2008.[3]

In 2007/2008 Lefkowitz negotiated a controversial deal with prosecutor Alexander Acosta concerning the case of the sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein.[4]


  1. ^ [1] Stem Cells and the President--An Inside Account, by Jay P. Lefkowitz
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  3. ^ http://www.nysun.com/foreign/bush-visit-may-boost-olmert/76303/
  4. ^ Brown, Julie (November 29, 2018). "How a future Trump Cabinet member gave a serial sex abuser the deal of a lifetime". Miami Herald. Retrieved November 28, 2018.