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Armstrong Hires Former White House Special Counsel Mark Fabiani

Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Lance Armstrong, facing a federal investigation of alleged doping, hired former White House special counsel Mark Fabiani.

Fabiani, 53, said he has been working since July with the cyclist’s team, headed by Los Angeles attorney Bryan Daly. Fabiani, based in La Jolla, California, advised former President Bill Clinton on political, media and legal responses to the Whitewater scandal.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles is investigating allegations by former teammate Floyd Landis that Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs during his career that netted him a record seven straight Tour de France wins. Jeff Novitsky, an agent with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is the lead investigator. Armstrong has denied ever using performance-enhancing substances.

“With salmonella causing the recall of 380 million eggs, I’m probably not the only one wondering right now why the FDA is spending its resources looking into international bicycle races that occurred years ago,” Fabiani said in an e-mail.

Fabiani recently was part of the Washington team working for Goldman Sachs Group Inc. when executives were being called to testify before congressional committees about the company’s part in the sub-prime loan crisis.

He also was hired by the San Diego Chargers to handle their efforts to convince taxpayers to build a new stadium.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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