About Anthony

As a trusted adviser to Treasury secretaries, CEOs, and other leaders, Anthony has shaped public opinion and communications on some of our nation’s most pressing debates and challenges. Most recently, Anthony led public affairs at the U.S. Justice Department and served as Attorney General Merrick Garland’s chief spokesman.

Currently, he leads a boutique consulting firm, Corner Office Strategies. He is also an on-air contributor at NBC News, CNBC, and MSNBC providing independent analysis of the leading political, legal, and economic issues of the day.

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WAPO: Justice Dept. plans to pursue Trump cases past Election Day, even if he wins

Devlin Barrett and Perry Stein - 07/02/24

If Donald Trump is elected president, the finish line for federal prosecutors is Inauguration Day, not Election Day, people familiar with the discussions said.

“The Justice Department isn’t governed by the election calendar. Its prosecution of Trump is based on the law, the facts, and the Justice Manual — the department’s bible that lays out the post-Watergate norms that have prevented it from being weaponized,” said Anthony Coley, a former Justice Department spokesman for Attorney General Merrick Garland who left the agency last year. “Until those norms change, or they’re ordered otherwise, I’d expect this Justice Department to be full speed ahead. And they should be.”

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WAPO: CNN debate moderators didn’t fact-check. Not everyone is happy about it.

Jeremy Barr - 06/27/24

Throughout the broadcast, the network came under criticism on social media for not correcting false statements — particularly those made by Trump.

“The absence of real-time fact checking is the biggest failure of this debate,” wrote Anthony Coley, a contributor for NBC News and MSNBC, on X.

Chalian had left open the possibility of fact-checking “if there is some egregious mistruth put forward,” but the moderators chose not to.

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Politico: Cheshire cat Brandon

Lauren Egan, Eli Stokols and Ben Johansen - 05/31/24

“While this is not a moment for Democrats to gloat, Donald Trump is now a convicted felon, and folks should call him that at every turn. The president should lean into this moment by focusing on his efforts to improve the lives and future of everyday Americans,” ANTHONY COLEY, a former Department of Justice spokesperson, told West Wing Playbook.

“‘Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow,’ Bill Clinton once advised. That’s a powerful contrast when his opponent is surrounded by chaos and focused on his own campaign of vengeance and retribution.”

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Politico: Biden has no plan to touch the Alito controversy, even with a 10-foot pole

Adam Cancryn - 05/24/24

“The central pushback should come from the legislative branch, and not the executive branch,” said Anthony Coley, a former senior official in the Biden Justice Department, arguing that Congress has wide-ranging investigatory
authority. “That’s the right place where we should be seeing aggressive oversight, and right now they are not meeting the moment.”

Read More at Politico.com >>
WAPO: On the week Trump’s Fla. trial was scheduled to start, uncertainty and a pretrial hearing

David Ovalle and Perry Stein - 5/22/24

“We are all in a wait-and-see game,” said Anthony Coley, former top spokesman at the Justice Department under Attorney General Merrick Garland. “It’s still quite possible the D.C. case starts. We’re all waiting on the Supreme Court to decide.” Coley and other legal analysts have accused Cannon of unnecessarily slowing down the Florida case.

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TheGrio: Did Biden’s Morehouse graduation speech break tension with Black voters?

Gerren Keith Gaynor - 5/20/24

Biden shared his rise to politics and his personal journey with grief, being inspired by King to become a public defender and eventually being elected to the Senate before losing his wife and young daughter in a deadly car crash in 1972.

“Authenticity always resonates with voters and with everyday people,” said Anthony Coley, a legal and political analyst and former Biden-Harris administration official. “My hope is that the deeper we get into the campaign season, the people around him will create opportunities for that real person – the Joe they know – to break through in real ways.”

Read More at TheGrio.com >>

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More About Anthony

As a trusted adviser to Treasury secretaries, CEOs, and other prominent leaders, Anthony has shaped public opinion and communications on some of our nation’s most significant debates and challenges.

During the first two years of the Biden Administration, he led public affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice and served as Attorney General Merrick Garland’s chief spokesman. He also oversaw national media relations for the Justice Department’s litigating divisions, law enforcement components, and U.S. Attorney offices, among others. At the end of Anthony’s tenure, Attorney General Garland presented him with the Edmund J. Randolph Award – the Justice Department’s highest honor.

Prior, he served at the U.S. Department of the Treasury as Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Public Affairs. There he worked in close collaboration with President Barack Obama’s economic team to create and implement public affairs strategies on issues related to capital markets, banks, and non-bank financial institutions, and the 2011 debt limit crisis. Anthony traveled extensively at the Treasury Department, advising senior officials and briefing journalists on more than 30 trips in the U.S. and around the world. At the end of his service, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew presented him with Treasury’s Distinguished Service Award and medal.

Previously, Anthony spent five years as Executive Vice President, Communications, at Managed Funds Association (MFA), the global trade association for the alternative investment industry. He also served as Senior Advisor to MFA’s President and CEO, former Republican Congressman Richard H. Baker. Prior, he advised Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, and other clients as a Director at Brunswick Group.

Earlier in his career, Anthony concurrently served as Communications Director and chief spokesman for U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy and the U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. He was also a top communications aide to U.S. Representative Harold Ford, Jr., U.S. Senator Zell Miller and U.S. Senator Jon S. Corzine. In the New Jersey Statehouse, Anthony was press secretary to the Governor and later Director of Public Communications for the State. He has also worked on the communications staff of two presidential campaigns: Gore-Lieberman 2000 and Kerry-Edwards 2004.

Currently, Anthony is an on-air contributor at NBC News, CNBC, and MSNBC providing independent analysis of the leading political, legal, and economic issues of the day. Through his boutique public affairs firm, Corner Office Strategies, he provides senior-level counsel to decision makers and organizations facing high-profile moments or critical public affairs challenges.

Anthony received a B.A. in Business Administration from Morehouse College and a M.A. in Legislative Affairs from The George Washington University.

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