September 2nd, 2007
08:58 AM ET
4 years ago

Sen. Craig hires Michael Vick's attorney

Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho.

(CNN)–Senator Larry Craig is hiring some big guns from the legal world, including Michael Vick's lawyer, to represent him in his upcoming legal proceedings.Craig said he has retained Vick's attorney, Billy Martin, to handle most of his legal affairs. He said he has retained Stan Brand, who represented Major League Baseball in connection with the congressional investigation into Major League Baseball’s steroid policies, to handle issues pertaining to an investigation by the Senate Ethics committee.

The comments came in a question and answer session with Craig that his office released following his announcement he would resign his Senate seat effective September 30.

Watch Sen. Craig's resignation speech

Craig says pending issues, and assuring an orderly transition were some of the reasons he will not step down immediately.

Questions for and Answers From U.S. Senator Larry Craig released by his office Saturday:

Q: Why September 30?

A: Thousands of Idahoans come to me every year for assistance in resolving issues with federal agencies, like obtaining passports, resolving Social Security or pension problems, and I want to make sure as many of these are resolved as possible. What can’t be resolved will be transferred to my successor in an orderly way. I want to make as smooth a transition as possible for Idaho.

Q: Will you return to Washington, D.C.? When?

A: That has not been determined.

Q: Will you continue to vote and attend hearings during this time?

A: See above.

Q: Who is your legal counsel?

A: Stan Brand with Brand Law Group has been retained to handle issues pertaining to the Senate Ethics Committee investigation. Billy Martin with Southerland, Asbil & Brennan has been retained to handle all other legal affairs.

Q: Have you filed papers in Minnesota to begin your legal defense?

A: You’ll have to speak with Mr. Martin or Mr. Brand on any questions pertaining to legal affairs.

Q: Have you spoken with Governor Otter about a replacement?

A: No.

Q: Have you had any conversations with Lieutenant Governor Risch?

A: No.

- CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford

Filed under: Larry Craig
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Patricia Miami, FL

    He could have hired any attorney in the nation yet he choose's Vick's attorney. Craig's decision making skills are non-existant at this point. He should be ashamed of what he's done to his family and his political party. There's no way he'll get out of this because he pleaded guilty already.

    September 1, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. Neal, Dallas TX

    On top of everything he's done throughout this affair, now he wants a "do over" to his admission of guilt. Nice. So long Senator, and good riddance to bad rubbish.

    September 1, 2007 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. Shirl West Monroe, La.

    He needs to go NOW!
    Where was his concern for the people of Idaho when he was in that bathroom?
    Same goes for our Senator Vitter...OUT.

    September 1, 2007 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. RB

    Hasn't this clown hear of the Rule of Holes? – When you're in one, stop digging. Instead, this guy wants to use a bigger backhoe.

    Give it up, Larry. You're making it painful for your family and your party, not that I care one bit about your party.

    Just let it go. You're done.

    September 1, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  5. Rick Stutzel, Palm Harbor Florida

    Hiring Michael Vick's attorney? Does the Senator realize that Michael Vick didn't get off, he pled guilty too!
    Maybe he should hire the people that OJ Simpson hired to help him find the "real killers."

    September 1, 2007 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  6. R. Wyoming

    Ask Sen. Craig who is paying for this legal charade of hiring an expensive, high profile lawyer? If he had to pay for it from his own dollars, this game would be over. 100 to one says it will not come out of his apologetic pockets. It will come from the source of all corruption...his campaign contibutors. Reminds me of OJ's promise to find the killers.

    September 1, 2007 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  7. Louis, Escondido, CA

    The GOP should put some of these lawyers on permanent retainer for next time.

    September 1, 2007 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  8. Sue, Pocatello, Idaho

    Listening to the evidence, I can see where he may have innocently been accused and offered an easy out by pleading guilty right away. This guy has been a great supporter of Idahoans and the USA – we certainly appreciate all he has done and hope the truth is resolved quickly.

    September 1, 2007 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  9. Mark, Minneapolis, MN

    Now let's focus on the bizarre spectacle of . . . how many policemen for how many days at how much expense to Minnesota taxpayers, cruising public toilets?

    September 1, 2007 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  10. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Great! Now we'll get the gory details of proper restroom cruising etiquette, provided this closeted guy can show why his plea should be withdrawn.

    September 1, 2007 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  11. Eugene Elliott, Orlando, FL

    Like anyone in government at any level would return one of his calls? His own party declared him poison. I don't much support a gay life style, but by god, it is a free country, or will be again soon. And if that is his preference or if he marries a goat, then so be it. The big discrace is the hypocracy his votes have shown. Of course he might have been honest with his electorate, wife etc. but that would have never got him the cushy job would it?

    September 1, 2007 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  12. Sue Filutze, Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Does this guy actually think he can lawyer up and what, trash the cop, maybe he should have called Karl Rove.
    Then they could slime the cop and the newspaper and everyone else, but in the end Mr. Craig I'm afraid it's your own sexuality that makes you mad!

    September 1, 2007 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  13. Jack, Phoenix, Arizona

    Larry Craig must think people are really stupid. The bathroom he used was a well known in gay crowds as a pick up bathroom. Thats why there was a cop there!!He passed by several bathrooms on his way to THAT one. So why did he not use one of the other bathrooms? He picked one that was far away from his gate. Now he wants us to believe WHAT? He was there by accident? Or maybe after passing many other POLICE FREE bathrooms he just had to go. The next time you are in a stall spread your feet so you could reach another's a 37 inch spread...I can't do it cause I'm 5'5..and this was a mistake??? The ex-senator is just hurting his wife.

    September 1, 2007 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  14. Anne, Winchester, VA

    I really liked the comment that he was not gay and never had been gay....maybe when he was in the bathroom he was like...a part-time gay...or thought that maybe those rules applied like cell nights and weekends....thou dost protest too are SO done.

    September 1, 2007 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  15. Nancy Loomis, Houston, TX

    CNN is known for its provocative polls. I have a topic for you. A show of hands... how many of you actually have reached down to pick-up a piece of toilet paper from the floor of a public restroom? You can use either hand to respond... right or left.

    September 1, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  16. Matt

    Does anyone get the feeling that Craig is just trying to put on a show? He knows he's not innocent, but he wants people be believe that he is. I think it is too late. He should come out of the closet already!

    September 1, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  17. john los angeles ca

    I hope Larry can rise above all this and become a better person.

    September 1, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  18. steel providence, ri

    Hopefully Craig will get a reversal of the charges from a legal loophole. Otherwise Bush will just have to pardon him...This way he can announce for the Presidency and sign on as Fred Thompson's running mate.
    They can use Vick's 53 pit bulls as security

    September 1, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  19. curtis

    Is this guy pathologically incapable of taking any responsibility for anything? If I was his wife or one of his kids I would be so humiliated by how he has carried himself through this more than his fondness for anonymous gay sex. That can be explained as a mistake or misguided or whatever. His refusal to 'be a man' is deliberate.

    September 1, 2007 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  20. brian

    Craig doesn't get it. It's not the crime that disgusts most of us. It's his attempt at a cover up and his continuing refusal to own up to any of it. It's his assumption that the American people are as stupid and bigoted as he is that is truly disgusting.

    September 1, 2007 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  21. Stephanie Sterling, Lexington, KY

    Are the rules in Idaho so different from the rest of the Country? For the rest of us, a Guilty plea is the end of the story. Defendants are specifically advised of the consequences of what they are doing- including the fact that they are waiving, among other things, the right to appeal.

    Craig should have hired a lawyer BEFORE he got into this mess. As it stands, his legacy will be as poster boy for that old adage: "He who represents himself has a fool for a client"

    September 1, 2007 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  22. Jimmy, Middleton, ID

    It worked so well for Vick!

    September 1, 2007 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  23. Jenny, Denver CO

    Good for Larry Craig. Let the soul-less defense attorney argue Larry's right to turn a public restroom into a gay brothel. Larry may actually be able to get off the hook for this one. But he still has to answer to God in the end. And there is no bargaining then. Better yet, Larry he still has to answer to himself about the truth.

    September 1, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  24. lordvoldemort, NYC, NY

    I agree that choosing Mick Vick's attorney seems odd. Although, I think what probably happened was that the disgraced senator probably couldn't really afford a high-profile expensive attorney on his own, and perhaps Mike Vick's attorney is doing it for substantially less money or for free just to get his name in the spotlight. Many lawyers do this kind of stuff just to get more attention. It's like an investment, since the attention gets you real actual business in the future.

    September 2, 2007 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  25. Anthony Birminghan, AL

    I don't understand why it matters so much what someone does in their spare time. I think this guy is a hypocrite if he's trying to pick up guys in a bathroom stall and vote against gay rights. I think it's deplorable when someone is married and engaging in homosexual activities or extramarital sexual activities because of risk of STD's being passed along to your wife. But with all that said, it doesn't affect me at all. That's his personal life, as long as he performs well at his job I don't think it should be anyone's business but his and his family. Do you really want to know what your barber does when he gets off work? I don't, make sure my haircut is nice and I'll see you again in two weeks. I think do a good job at work and enjoy you personal live

    September 2, 2007 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
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