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(Reuters) – Latham & Watkins said in a statement Monday it has recruited Colin Stretch, who served as the top lawyer at Facebook Inc for about six years before leaving the tech giant in 2019.
Stretch will be of counsel at the international law firm’s Washington, DC, office, where he will work with both startups and public company clients, according to Latham.
As general counsel role at Facebook, now known as Meta Platforms Inc, he tested before Congress in high-profile hearings in 2017 as the US investigated Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Facebook said as many as 126 million Americans over two years may have seen politically divisive posts that originated in Russia under fake names. A 2019 report from then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller found that the Russian government interfered in the election in a “sweeping and systemic fashion,” which Russia has denied.
Stretch told a panel of federal lawmakers in October 2017 testimony that Facebook in retrospect “should have had a broader lens” to spot political ads bought with Russian money. Stretch declined to comment on the testimony on Monday.
Ian Schuman, the global chair of Latham’s capital markets and public companies practices, said that “the judgment, the ability to see around corners, the war stories Colin has gotten at Facebook makes us more valuable to clients.”
Stretch attributed his decision to leave Facebook in 2019 to a commute from his family’s home in DC to his job in Silicon Valley that “just became too much.”
After leaving Facebook, Stretch