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Gregory Craig to be White House Counsel
Politico ^ | November 15, 2008 | By Mike Allen

Posted on 11/15/2008 7:12:58 PM PST by JACKRUSSELL

Gregory B. Craig, a well-known Washington lawyer who quarterbacked President Bill Clinton’s impeachment defense, has been chosen White House counsel by President-elect Barack Obama, according to Democratic officials.

Craig is intimately familiar with the president-elect’s record because he played the role of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in debate preparations.

The officials said Obama has settled on Craig but were not sure when the appointment would be announced.

The choice gives the president-elect both experience and loyalty. During the primaries, Craig was an early Clinton alumni defector to Obama. Columnist Robert D. Novak reported back in the winter of 2007 that Craig had told him he “was impressed with Obama when he first met him at the home of investment banker Vernon Jordan, an intimate friend and supporter of the Clintons.”

Craig was an Obama foreign policy adviser during the campaign. At the start of the Clinton administration, he had been the State Department’s Director of Policy Planning, the head of State’s in-house think tank. He also was senior adviser on defense, foreign policy and national security to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.).

The White House counsel, among the most powerful members of the West Wing inner circle, serves as the president’s lawyer, giving him legal advice and handling pardons and conflict-of-interest issues.

Craig, 63, is a partner at Williams & Connolly and a protégé of the late Edward Bennett Williams, the legendary Washington power lawyer. His selection adds to the surprisingly large number of Clinton White House veterans who are at the top of the Obama roster.

Craig, who had been friends with Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham at Yale Law School, was recruited for the impeachment job by John Podesta, then deputy White House chief of staff and now a leader of Obama’s transition.

A Washington Post profile in 1998 by Lloyd Grove and John F. Harris reported: “Craig brought along his best bedside manner when Clinton summoned him to the White House residence on the night of Sept. 10 — the day after independent counsel Kenneth Starr's lurid report to Congress was published on the World Wide Web. On a balcony overlooking the South Lawn, Clinton and Craig sat talking for two hours.”

Among Craig’s other high-profile cases: successfully representing Elian Gonzalez' father, a Cuban, in his efforts to regain custody of his son; and representing U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan in connection during the Volcker Commission's investigation of the Oil-for-Food Program at the United Nations.

From Craig’s official biography: “In September 1998, President Clinton appointed Mr. Craig to be Assistant to the President and Special Counsel in the White House where Mr. Craig served as quarterback of the President's team that was assembled to defend against impeachment. Mr. Craig was also a member of the President's trial team in the United States Senate and presented the President's defense with respect to Count One during that trial.

“In 1997, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright appointed Mr. Craig to be one of her senior advisors, and he served the Secretary as her Director of Policy Planning during the years 1997 to 1998.

“For five years (1984-1988), he served as Senator Edward Kennedy's Senior Advisor on Defense, Foreign Policy and National Security issues.

“Mr. Craig also has taught trial practice at both Yale Law School (1975-1976) and Harvard Law School (1981-1984).”


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1 posted on 11/15/2008 7:12:58 PM PST by JACKRUSSELL
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Do the Clintons own this guy?


2 posted on 11/15/2008 7:13:50 PM PST by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: Bahbah
Do the Clinons own Obama ?

Thats racist

3 posted on 11/15/2008 7:14:56 PM PST by al baby (Hi mom Honkeys for Mc Cain Palin)
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To: JACKRUSSELL
Craig is intimately familiar with the president-elect’s record because he played the role of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in debate preparations.

So, he was chosen because he stood there like a dottering old tree trunk who couldn't articulate his own health care plan coherently? Maybe there will be a place in the cabinet for the real John McCain. Secretary of Amnesty perhaps?

4 posted on 11/15/2008 7:15:31 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Ever more Clinton retreads.


5 posted on 11/15/2008 7:15:38 PM PST by Jagman (Don't tax me, bro!)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

It makes sense to have a guy who’s defended an impeachment.


6 posted on 11/15/2008 7:16:25 PM PST by Lou Budvis (0bama, Spread your own ------n wealth)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

They might as well just give Bill back the front door key. Next Monica will get her old job back.


7 posted on 11/15/2008 7:17:25 PM PST by BlueStateBlues (Blue State for business, Red State at heart..)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

More “Change” for the Hopers.


8 posted on 11/15/2008 7:17:50 PM PST by conservativeharleyguy (If dissent is "patriotic", I just became America's loudest Patriot!)
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To: al baby
Thats racist

LOL. Fine with me.

9 posted on 11/15/2008 7:18:32 PM PST by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

10 posted on 11/15/2008 7:18:56 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: conservativeharleyguy

That depends on what the definition of “change” is; is.


11 posted on 11/15/2008 7:18:57 PM PST by Operation_Shock_N_Awe (I'd rather be a conservative nut job than a liberal with no nuts and no job)
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To: Jagman

More Change You Can’t Believe In!


12 posted on 11/15/2008 7:18:57 PM PST by Batman11
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To: Bahbah

What is this?? Seems everyone Obama has picked for his administration are Clinton administration retreads! So much for a new fresh change, huh?


13 posted on 11/15/2008 7:20:20 PM PST by Floratina
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To: Bahbah
Do the Clintons own this guy?

It appears so. Some of the picks you can understand, but Greg Craig? This is "change?"

14 posted on 11/15/2008 7:20:26 PM PST by B Knotts (ConservatismCentral.com)
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To: B Knotts

Pardon. I have to go look for my tinfoil hat.


15 posted on 11/15/2008 7:21:27 PM PST by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

What is the definition of “change” again? How soon will he appoint Franklin Delano Raines head of Fannie Mae again?


16 posted on 11/15/2008 7:21:36 PM PST by OCC
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Ping me when Obama picks a new face for his hope and change.


17 posted on 11/15/2008 7:22:51 PM PST by linn37
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Wasn’t he Elian’s father’s attorney?


18 posted on 11/15/2008 7:23:06 PM PST by randita (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

We won’t know the legacy of the Clintons for decades.


19 posted on 11/15/2008 7:23:17 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: randita

Never mind, I scanned the article again and saw the reference to Elian’s father.


20 posted on 11/15/2008 7:24:09 PM PST by randita (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: JACKRUSSELL
Greg Craig is the guy who blended leftwingtard political street theatre with lawsuits.

A definite walking, talking, sociopathic clown act if there ever was one

Craig is definitely a dangerous man ~ count on him being the Castro brother's direct conduit to Obama. No doubt Craig will shoot him if the Castros want him to.

21 posted on 11/15/2008 7:24:19 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Coming out of Chicago’s corrupt political machine, Obama knows he’ll need a sound legal mind around him. A loyal consigliere.


22 posted on 11/15/2008 7:27:42 PM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: randita
"Among Craig’s other high-profile cases: successfully representing Elian Gonzalez' father, a Cuban, in his efforts to regain custody of his son..."

ELIAN GONZALEZ
23 posted on 11/15/2008 7:27:56 PM PST by JACKRUSSELL
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To: BlueStateBlues

“... Next Monica will get her old job back.”

She will be a “mouth piece” for the Obama Administration.


24 posted on 11/15/2008 7:28:40 PM PST by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: Bahbah

“Do the Clintons own this guy?”

Makes you wonder...Is Obama really the Manchurian Candidate...what surprises lie in wait for him?


25 posted on 11/15/2008 7:29:44 PM PST by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: Floratina

Everyone he knows is a terrorist, communist, or neighbor. Some are all three.


26 posted on 11/15/2008 7:30:11 PM PST by nufsed
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To: Batman11

“More Change You Can’t Believe In!”

You mean the more things change the more they stay the same.


27 posted on 11/15/2008 7:30:27 PM PST by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: LottieDah

dialup sucks,you took the words rightout of my keyboard.


28 posted on 11/15/2008 7:35:43 PM PST by justrepublican (Screaming like a keynote speaker at a Wellstone memorial.........!)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Greg Craig is the son of a bitch who represented Fidel Castro against Elian Gonzalez’s family. I don’t want to die anytime soon, but I’ll be relieved when I do get to leave this world, where darkness seems to triumph so often.


29 posted on 11/15/2008 7:36:01 PM PST by utahagen
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To: Bahbah

The Sandinistas do.


30 posted on 11/15/2008 7:41:14 PM PST by piasa (How's that change workin' for ya?)
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To: BlueStateBlues
What makes you think Monica ever stopped performing her old job on for the ex-president?
31 posted on 11/15/2008 7:42:50 PM PST by rudman
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To: B Knotts

Don’t push this yet. We wait until he has picked the Secretary level appointment. And them - bam - spell it out for the media.

Don’t tip our hand. Let him think no-ones noticing.


32 posted on 11/15/2008 7:42:52 PM PST by rudman
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Are we going to get even one person we don’t already know is corrupt? Geez, there has to be some shady Chicago background guy to give us something to do.


33 posted on 11/15/2008 7:48:25 PM PST by Dianna
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To: JACKRUSSELL
“successfully representing Elian Gonzalez’ father”

No doubt his grand success in returning Elian to the loving arms of Fidel in the Workers Paradise of Cuba makes him eminently qualified in the eyes of our Dear Leader, Chairman O.

Now Elian can toil for $3/day in the sun-drenched Cuban sugar cane fields, earn high reading scores and “free” health care, unburdened by American recession and the cruelty of free-market capitalism.

34 posted on 11/15/2008 7:49:09 PM PST by Chairman of the Bard
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To: OCC
"CHANGE"

Communist
Handout-mooching
Anus-sniffing
Nannystate
Gungrabbing
Ecoterrorists.

35 posted on 11/15/2008 7:50:16 PM PST by piasa (How's that change workin' for ya?)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Great, another Clintonista scumbag back in play — what is it with the Obamanation, it’s as though he only wants the most compromised people around him so that he has blackmail material on all of them??? He wants people who don’t dare cross him ever, on anything, ‘cause he can ruin them in an instant?

Surely out of all the Democrap “professionals” out there he could get people without such sordid backgrounds, but he apparently wants the most disreputable Clintonistas around him.


36 posted on 11/15/2008 7:54:14 PM PST by Enchante (Thanks, Mediascum, you "elected" your candidate and now the country will pay....)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Well the choice of Craig was obvious, since Hans Frank was unavailable for such an appointment.


37 posted on 11/15/2008 7:56:28 PM PST by mkjessup (See my FR Homepage for a tribute to Senator Joe McCarthy, feel free to copy and distribute!)
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To: LottieDah
In this most curiously turning situation, my suspicion is that it is not obama we need to be most concerned with but the klintons trying to arkanicide America, in who knows what despicable plan they are scheming.
38 posted on 11/15/2008 8:02:50 PM PST by dusttoyou (First they steal our savings, then our liberty)
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To: JACKRUSSELL
Craig was an Obama foreign policy adviser during the campaign...

...having had experience in helping to repatriate young children back to Cuba...

39 posted on 11/15/2008 8:05:43 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvxiG56M-eU)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Retreads we can believe in.


40 posted on 11/15/2008 8:13:44 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: backhoe
Oil for Food scandal ping...

Gregory B. Craig, a well-known Washington lawyer who quarterbacked President Bill Clinton’s impeachment defense, has been chosen White House counsel by President-elect Barack Obama, according to Democratic officials. ...Among Craig’s other high-profile cases: ... representing U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan in connection during the Volcker Commission's investigation of the Oil-for-Food Program at the United Nations.

41 posted on 11/15/2008 8:14:32 PM PST by piasa (How's that change workin' for ya?)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

CHANGE!


43 posted on 11/15/2008 8:33:56 PM PST by headstamp 2 (Been here before)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

More “change”...


44 posted on 11/15/2008 8:43:14 PM PST by tips up
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Hey, don’t complain.
We get to keep the old score cards, just change the positions


45 posted on 11/15/2008 8:43:25 PM PST by SoCalPol (In Defeat: Defiance - Churchill)
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To: piasa
“representing U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan in connection during the Volcker Commission's investigation of the Oil-for-Food Program at the United Nations.”

Who's next? Ramsey Clark, America-loathing, International A.N.S.W.E.R. founder, anti-Israel/pro-Palestinian, Free Mumia proponent and all-around America hater? Fits the pattern, yes?

I wonder if the Obama Youth staffers will be running around the White House and Capitol building donning their orange ski caps and Che Guevara t-shirts.

46 posted on 11/15/2008 8:47:59 PM PST by Chairman of the Bard
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To: utahagen

This A-hole defended John Hinckley- successfully.

I wish the worst for this prick.


47 posted on 11/15/2008 8:48:34 PM PST by Finalapproach29er (Democrats still want to get Pres. Bush and/or VP Cheney; there might be show trials in Feb09)
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To: devolve
Wow, Obama’s taking on more and more Clinton people.
Wonder how loyal these people will still feel towards the Clintons. Hillary may wield some behind the scenes power after all.

Or am I totally offbase here?

48 posted on 11/15/2008 9:01:05 PM PST by potlatch
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To: JACKRUSSELL
This guy Craig has defended an assassin, and defended a Panamanian wanted in connected with the MURDER OF A U.S. SOLDIER.

THAT is the guy Barack Obama picked. Which makes sense-- since Barack Obama hates America too.

49 posted on 11/15/2008 9:03:37 PM PST by exist
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To: potlatch

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Loyalty is fleeting towards the Clintoons


50 posted on 11/15/2008 9:08:03 PM PST by devolve ( ____"hussein the creepy" -- Evan Thomas - Nudesweek ____)
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