Clinton And Obama Get Lawyer To Handle Delicate Talks

07/04/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

With the help of one of Washington's best-connected lawyers, Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are negotiating a thicket of complicated issues, like how to repay Mrs. Clinton's campaign debt and her role at the Democratic convention. The talks come as they try to leave behind their intense rivalry and work out a plan to cooperate this fall.

At Mrs. Clinton's request, the lawyer, Robert B. Barnett, who has brokered multimillion-dollar book deals for clients including Mr. Obama, Mrs. Clinton and Bill Clinton, is working to hash out questions large and small as the two camps work toward a political merger. Perhaps the thorniest question -- what to do about Bill Clinton, who friends say continues to refight the bitter primary fight -- has yet to be raised by either side, advisers said.

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