You will never guess: Lawyer: Ex-Attorney General to Aid Saddam Wed Dec 29, 8:05 PM ET Middle East - AP AMMAN, Jordan - The head of Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s legal team said Wednesday that he has enlisted the aid of former U.S. Attorney Ramsey Clark in the fallen dictator's defense. Ziad al-Khasawneh said Clark was asked to help with the case after Saddam told his Iraqi lawyer last week to convey his regards to the former U.S. official. Clark's law office in New York City declined to comment on the report and said Clark was scheduled to be out of the country until next week. Clark, who served as attorney general under the late President Lyndon Johnson for three years in the 1960s, is a staunch anti-war opponent who has met Saddam several times over the last 15 years. He was considered a friend of Iraq (news - web sites) under Saddam when the United Nations (news - web sites) slapped an embargo on Baghdad following its 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Khasawneh said Clark met with members of the defense team Tuesday in Jordan. Iraq's deputy prime minister told reporters in Baghdad Wednesday that Saddam's trial will likely start at the beginning of 2005. Saddam was arraigned in a Baghdad court in July on charges of war crimes and genocide.