As an Associate Counsel in the White House, Judge Roberts concentrated on ensuring compliance with all legislation governing the White House staff, including anti-lobbying, conflict of interest, ethics, and official travel. He also monitored litigation or actions challenging the President's prerogatives and programs – i.e. executive privilege, war powers etc. One of his primary functions was preventing misuses of the presidential seal, likeness, name, photographs, and/or signatures. He also commented and provided routine White House legal review for disaster declarations, enrolled bills, veto recommendations, proclamations, Congressional testimony by agencies and many White House remarks, letters and speeches. Roberts also had a share of appointment clearances.
Roberts reviewed and commented on many other subject issues, particularly civil rights, especially in regards to education. Judge Roberts did very little work on foreign affairs, but he does have a few folders on Cuba, the Mariel "boat people", and the International Court of Justice case on the mining of Nicaragua waters.
Judge Roberts appears to have some folders and work product continuing earlier and ongoing work of other White House Counsel attorneys. In particular, his folders contain references to Michael Luttig, H.P. Goldfield, and Richard Hauser. As far as we can ascertain, two folders were forwarded to Christopher Cox. The "Air Force One" folder contents are now part of the Michael Deaver Series in the Counsel's Investigation Files. The "Gramm-Rudman" folder is now part of the Gramm-Rudman material within the Christopher Cox collection.
This series, folder titles and contents are a reflection of the primary duties of Judge Roberts as outlined above. Folders contain memos, letters, handwritten notes, press clippings, reports, and publications on these duties and issues. The material is arranged in alphabetical order. If an acronym is used in the folder title, the folder is placed alphabetically according to the full name.
This series consists of outgoing letters and memorandum sent under Judge Robert's name. It is arranged in chronological order from November 1982 to April 1986.
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