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  • Former Skadden Associate Charged in Mueller Probe

    02/20/2018 8:20:55 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies ^ | Feb 20, 2018 | Cogan Schneier
    Skadden partner Gregory Craig, the former White House counsel under President Barack Obama, also worked on the report, as did partners Cliff Stone and Margaret Krawiec. Associates who worked on the report included Alex Haskell, Paul Kerlin, Kara Roseen and Allon Kedem, who is now a lawyer in the solicitor general’s office. Manafort’s indictment claims he likely lobbied and paid at least in part for the report. Van der Zwaan’s case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who also oversees the case against Manafort and Gates. The charges are the latest from Mueller as his activity appears...
  • Judith Miller Recants; Where's the Media?

    07/10/2016 4:50:55 PM PDT · by Enchante · 23 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 18, 2015 | Peter Berkowitz
    In “The Story: A Reporter’s Journey,” which hit book store shelves Tuesday, April 7, former New York Times reporter Judith Miller revealed in the final chapter that she now believes that she was induced by then-Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald to give false testimony in the 2007 trial of I. “Lewis” Scooter Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney. Given that Fitzgerald’s three-and-a-half year-long investigation and prosecution of Libby riveted the nation’s capital and generated vast news coverage implying, when not outright declaring, that the Bush administration lied the nation into war, one might think that recantation...
  • U.S. planning to keep corrupt Latin American officials out

    03/11/2002 1:17:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies · 391+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | March 10, 2002 | Andres Oppenheimer: The Oppenheimer Report
    ''People will understand that we are serious about going after government corruption,'' he added. ``There is a very selfish reason for this: We end up paying for the bill when these people steal the money, because we have to provide aid, or accept the citizens as refugees or as migrants.'' The Bush administration says it is about to unveil a new weapon to help fight corruption in Latin America: a list of corrupt government officials from the region who will be denied entry visas to the United States. The anti-corruption drive is being led by Otto J. Reich, the...
  • Meet Greg Craig, Obama's White House Counsel ( 2008 )

    05/19/2016 5:57:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Nov 17, 2008 | John McCormack
    Mike Allen reported over the weekend that "Gregory B. Craig, a well-known Washington lawyer who quarterbacked President Bill Clinton's impeachment defense, has been chosen White House counsel by resident-elect Barack Obama". Believe it or not, the time Craig spent shilling for Clinton may have been his most honorable days of work ... In the early 1980s, [Craig] was an attorney for John Hinckley, the man who shot President Reagan and three others. Craig helped put together an insanity defense that led to Hinckley's acquittal. Nine years later, he advised Ted Kennedy in the Palm Beach rape case involving the senator...
  • 'Most transparent' White House ever rewrote the FOIA to suppress politically sensitive docs

    03/19/2014 8:48:45 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    The Examiner ^ | MARCH 18, 2014 AT 8:45 AM | Mark Tapscott
    It's Sunshine Week, so perhaps some enterprising White House reporter will ask press secretary Jay Carney why President Obama rewrote the Freedom of Information Act without telling the rest of America. The rewrite came in an April 15, 2009, memo from then-White House Counsel Greg Craig instructing the executive branch to let White House officials review any documents sought by FOIA requestors that involved "White House equities." That phrase is nowhere to be found in the FOIA, yet the Obama White House effectively amended the law to create a new exception to justify keeping public documents locked away from the...
  • “Most transparent” White House ever rewrote FOIA to exclude its own docs

    03/19/2014 1:16:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/19/2014 | BRUCE MCQUAIN
    That’s right, the Obama White House has quietly rewritten a portion of the Freedom Of Information Act to exclude what it calls “White House equities” from being released without a White House review. The rewrite was inspired by a 2009 memo by then White House counsel, Greg Craig: The Greg memo is described in detail in a new study made public today by Cause of Action, a Washington-based nonprofit watchdog group that monitors government transparency and accountability.How serious an attack on the public’s right to know is the Obama administration’s invention of the “White House equities” exception?“FOIA is designed to...
  • Retired U.S. General Is Focus of Inquiry Over Iran Leak (Stuxnet Patsy?)

    06/28/2013 4:59:57 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | 6/28/2013 | NY Times
    WASHINGTON — The former second-ranking officer in the United States military, retired Gen. James E. Cartwright of the Marines, is a target of an investigation into the leak of classified information about American cyberattacks on Iran’s nuclear program, a person familiar with the investigation confirmed Thursday night. The leak investigation, being carried out by the United States attorney for Maryland, Rod J. Rosenstein, was announced by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. after articles in The New York Times described an ambitious series of cyberattacks under the code name Olympic Games that were intended to slow Iran’s progress toward a...
  • As Blagojevich defense begins, the White House intersection

    07/19/2010 10:57:54 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 7-19-10 | Lynn Sweet
    From a political and public relations perspective, the most troubling testimony to the Obama White House so far from Rod Blagojevich's criminal corruption trial was the surprise revelation that on election eve 2008, Barack Obama, confident he would win the White House on Nov. 4, called Illinois SEIU union leader Tom Balanoff to discuss the Illinois Senate seat he would soon be vacating. In that call, Obama mentioned Valerie Jarrett as a possible replacement saying at the same time he would prefer she work with him in the White House. Balanoff testified that at the conclusion of the call he...
  • W.H. quiet on Obama-Blago link

    06/29/2010 5:06:01 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies · 1+ views
    W.H. quiet on Obama-Blago link By: Glenn Thrush and Jonathan Allen June 29, 2010 06:50 PM EDT The White House was mum Tuesday after a union leader testified that Barack Obama personally asked him to approach then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich about appointing confidant Valerie Jarrett to his Illinois Senate seat. In testimony at Blagojevich’s federal corruption trial, Tom Balanoff said Obama — speaking a day before his Nov. 8, 2008 triumph in the presidential election — said that Jarrett wanted the job and was qualified, although he wanted her to join him in the White House. Balanoff, a close Obama ally...
  • DOJ No. 2, David W. Ogden, steps down

    12/03/2009 10:00:41 AM PST · by STARWISE · 25 replies · 2,189+ views
    Politico ^ | 12-3-09 | Nia-Malika Henderson
    The second-in-command at the Justice Department is leaving his post, officials announced Thursday — making him the third top Obama legal official to announce his departure in recent weeks. Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden will return to private practice in February. White House General Counsel Greg Craig will step down in January, and Phillip Carter, a top Defense Department deputy assistant secretary dealing with detainee issues, has already left. Ogden, who managed the civil division during the Clinton administration, headed up President Barack Obama’s transition into office last year. In a statement, Ogden said that his tenure in the...
  • Thanks for the Memories (liberals thrown under the bus)

    11/25/2009 6:12:38 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies · 1,345+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 25, 2009 | Maureen Dowd
    At his Cabinet meeting Monday afternoon, President Obama took a moment to give thanks to his team. Sipping a glass of water, the president offered special gratitude to the woman on his right. “I advised this hard-working Cabinet to get a little bit of rest this week,” he said, looking at Hillary Clinton, “particularly the people who have been traveling around the globe day-in and day-out and don’t know what time zone they’re in.” The secretary of state, with a china cup and saucer in front of her, smiled. In the back of the room, back where they were parched,...
  • Obama Goes to the Mattresses

    11/23/2009 11:17:43 PM PST · by STARWISE · 17 replies · 1,417+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 11-16-09 | The Prowler
    The ugliness surrounding the pushing out of White House Counsel Gregory Craig was months in the making, but culminated on the day on which the White House announced that the Justice Department would be prosecuting Guantanamo prisoners on U.S. soil, the very project Craig was supposedly brought into the administration to bring about. *snip* Rumors -- some generated by current Hillary Clinton allies at the State Department -- swirled that Craig had failed to gain the proper security clearances for his job, or that he had run afoul of the First Lady's staff in not moving quickly enough to clear...
  • The Mao The Merrier

    11/16/2009 5:16:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 554+ views ^ | November 16, 2009
    Officials: Anita Dunn may be leaving with her little red book, but her husband enters as the next White House counsel, bringing experience in suppressing dissent, assaulting the First Amendment and limiting speech. Dunn, whose favorite philosophers include mass murderer Mao Zedong, was expected to leave after a short stint. She rose to fame as chief strategist for former Senate majority leader, now national health care guru, Tom Daschle. While serving as White House communications director, she was the commanding general of the administration "war" on Fox News. Like her philosophical mentor, Mao, and her colleague, FCC diversity czar Mark...
  • White House Counsel Craig to Step Down

    11/12/2009 10:37:21 PM PST · by Justaham · 78 replies · 3,508+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11-13-09
    White House Counsel Greg Craig is expected to announce on Friday that he plans to step down from his post following a rocky tenure, people familiar with the matter said. Craig, the top lawyer at the White House and a close aide to President Barack Obama, has helped lead the administration's efforts on several national-security policies that initially enjoyed popular support but have since become liabilities for Obama. These include the planned closure of the prison for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the release of Bush administration-era national-security documents.
  • Anita Dunn's Husband Emerging as Top Contender to Replace White House Counsel

    10/23/2009 6:18:39 PM PDT · by EBH · 27 replies · 1,075+ views
    Fox News ^ | 10/23/2009 | Major Garrett
    White House Communications Director Anita Dunn's husband is emerging as the top candidate to replace Greg Craig as White House counsel, Fox News has learned. Dunn's husband, Bob Bauer, is President Obama's personal lawyer and a former counsel to his campaign, as well as the top lawyer for the Democratic National Committee. Senior White House officials declined to comment, but Democrats close to the situation said Bauer is under serious consideration to replace Craig, who is expected to leave the White House by the end of the year. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said no decisions have been made...
  • Obama regroups on Guantanamo - Counsel Craig Replaced as Point Man

    09/25/2009 1:18:33 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 7 replies · 695+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 25, 2009 | Anne E. Kornblut and Dafna Linzer
    With four months left to meet its self-imposed deadline for closing the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Obama administration is working to recover from missteps that have put officials behind schedule and left them struggling to win the cooperation of Congress...Today, officials are acknowledging that they will be hard-pressed to meet that goal. The White House has faltered...because of the legal, political and diplomatic complexities involved in determining what to do with more than 200 terrorism suspects at the prison. But senior advisers privately acknowledge not devising a concrete plan for where to move the detainees and...
  • White House Counsel Greg Craig to get the axe --- for his ineptness on Guantanamo

    09/25/2009 7:58:34 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 37 replies · 1,504+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | September 25, 2009 | Corky Boyd
    The Washington Post reports today that Greg Craig has been replaced as the point man on Guantanamo and will likely leave the White House. The story places the blame for crafting the Guantanamo strategy for a date certain shutdown, of convincing The One of its wisdom and the failure to follow through, squarely on Craig’s shoulders. It hinted that Obama may now not be able to meet his January 22 deadline.
  • White House Counsel's Job at Stake

    08/03/2009 9:17:49 PM PDT · by mfnorman · 24 replies · 1,185+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/03/2009 | EVAN PEREZ
    WASHINGTON -- Obama administration officials are holding discussions that could result in White House counsel Gregory Craig leaving his post, following a rocky tenure, people familiar with the matter said. Mr. Craig, the top lawyer at the White House and a close aide to President Barack Obama, has helped lead the administration's efforts on several national-security issues that have stirred political problems for Mr. Obama. These include the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the release of Bush administration-era national-security documents, and efforts to find legal ways to indefinitely hold some detainees who can't be put on trial....
  • Obama Closes Doors on Openness

    06/20/2009 3:42:16 PM PDT · by Pacothecat · 24 replies · 2,347+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Jun 20, 2009 | Michael Isikoff
    As a senator, Barack Obama denounced the Bush administration for holding "secret energy meetings" with oil executives at the White House. But last week public-interest groups were dismayed when his own administration rejected a Freedom of Information Act request for Secret Service logs showing the identities of coal executives who had visited the White House to discuss Obama's "clean coal" policies. One reason: the disclosure of such records might impinge on privileged "presidential communications." The refusal, approved by White House counsel Greg Craig's office, is the latest in a series
  • Obama aides traveled with freed Gitmo detainees [Uighurs relocated to Bermuda]

    06/11/2009 6:14:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies · 1,591+ views
    Senior aides to President Barack Obama accompanied four Chinese Muslims and their lawyers on a flight from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to Bermuda. The four Chinese Muslims, called Uighurs (WEE-gurs), were resettled in Bermuda on Thursday. The U.S. government had determined they were not enemy combatants and should be released. White House spokesman Tommy Vietor says that White House counsel Greg Craig and the special envoy charged with overseeing the closure of the prison at Guantanamo, Daniel Fried, were aboard the plane.