September 2nd, 2007
08:58 AM ET
6 months 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. R, Kansas City, MO

    From the report, I think he is wrongly accused. Something as benign as a shoe tapping certainly doesn't bring the term "lewd conduct" or "homosexual behavior" to mind. Sounds to me like a headhunt. Sadly, the GOP is so worried about the upcoming election that they won't even defend the guy.
    Pathetic.

    September 2, 2007 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  2. J, Dubuque, Iowa

    As I recall, Mr. Martin wasn't that much a help to Michael Vick. So what does Senator Craig think Mr. Martin's going to do for him anyways?

    September 2, 2007 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  3. brian

    How about hiring an attorney who is actually licensed to practice in Minnesota?

    September 2, 2007 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  4. Mason, Dublin, GA

    More late show cannon fodder. If he needs any kind of attorney it's a divorce lawyer!

    September 2, 2007 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  5. Eric, chandler AZ

    this guy,like most of his republican crooks, talking so rightously and has a holier than you attitude. Only when they've got caught, they behave jerks. Comeon,senator...take responsibility like a man. I feel sorry for his wife and kids. He is behaving coward.. hiding behind his lawyer. I respect the officer who arrested him and believe 120% of the officer. Not this Craig jerk. He wears a skirt.

    September 2, 2007 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  6. Mrs. America

    Michael Vick's lawyer? I'm starting to become cynical. He's 62 years old and can start collecting social security. I don't know why he doesn't step out of the limelight and just enjoy retirement. Even if he could overturn his plea, he can't overturn his actions. Maybe he could revote on the Iraq war, too.

    September 2, 2007 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
  7. John from Boise Idaho

    Life is stranger than fiction!

    Just when you thought this could not get any weirder, Craig hires the dog torturer's attorney.

    Has anyone noticed that when Craig speaks he looks and sounds like a Republican preacher who is hiding something creepy or evil about himself?

    September 2, 2007 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
  8. S, Pizzuro, East Rutherford, NJ

    I am alarmed that no one has cited the possiblity that this man may be innocent. Listening to the audio tapes, I am not convinced that he did anything wrong. He was given a summons and mailed it in the way one would mail in a parking fine. Given how busy a member of the Senate must be, it may have been the expediate ting. I thnk his fellow Republicans are cowards for not supporting him. There is no evidence that he intended to do anything but go to the bathroom. Also, the arresting officer really did nit give Craig the opportunity to explain himself. Rather, the officer interrupted Craig everytime he made points that would support his innnocence.

    September 2, 2007 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  9. Jonathan Goldstein (Birmingham, AL)

    I think that this is kind of ridiculous. So, what if he tried to get some sex in the bathroom. Presumably, only consenting adults would engage in this behavior in the bathroom But, what do we care if he's engaging in sexual behavior in the bathroom. Why do we care. At worst, he is cheating on his wife. That is not good... but to make a federal case out of him possibly hitting on a guy... who cares. Not a big deal.

    And I'm a Democrat... so, I should be hating on him... but, I really think it's no big deal.

    September 2, 2007 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  10. Justin, Charleston SC

    Shouldn't he have lawyered-up BEFORE pleading guilty? Also, in the plea agreement he signed it mentions that he will not proclaim any innocence. Where does this guy get off thinking he can fool people like this, and abuse the law in the process.

    September 2, 2007 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  11. Bill Kupp, New York

    BY employing the rich and powerful, Mr Craig puts himself in the elite company of not only Mike Vick, but also OJ Simpson. I have no doubt that with enough money spent, and enough strings pulled, he will exonerate himself, and shift the blame to some poor vice detective just doing his job.

    Mr. Craig, do the people of this country a real service and do not return to Washington, ever.

    September 2, 2007 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. cliff jones, honolulu hi

    Why? Just pay the fine and retire. It seems strange that he would want to keep it in the news.

    September 2, 2007 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. Chuck Ladouceur Trenton Ontario Canada

    I must be missing something or your country has different guilty plea than here in Canada. When some one here pleads guilty, it is because he pr she is GUILTY. ARROGANTS runs well in the Republican Party. Then he hires a lawyer who is defending an animal hater. Sure no wonder the Republicans want nothing to do with this nit-wit.

    September 2, 2007 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. Brad, Columbia, SC

    Craig could be innocent. The charges by their nature seem flimsy, and I'm very surprised Craig agreed to plead guilty to them without stopping to think how hard a time the prosecution would have in trying his offense.

    Two possibilities:

    1) He really didn't want the publicity of having to go through a potential trial over this. He really believed it would just blow over.
    2) He actually was up to no good in that bathroom, and the officer was savvy enough to pick up on all the signs. Craig knew he'd been caught and entered his guilty plea, still thinking the matter would never come up again.

    At any rate, we are being quite fair in criticizing this guy for so foolishly pleading guilty and now claiming he's the most unfortunate guy on earth. What about waiving his right to claiming any future innocence? As a lawmaker he MUST have at least some understanding of what a guilty plea means...

    September 2, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. David, Salinas, CA

    I agree with Anthony of Birmingham, AL . We need to stop focusing on politician’s (of any party) private lives and concentrate on their public records. I don’t like Senator Craig’s policy positions, but whether or not he stayed in office should have been left to the voters of Idaho. Since when does anyone quit their job after getting charged with a misdemeanor?

    September 2, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. Mrs. America

    No judge is going to be sympathetic. If Craig is innocent of "lewd" behavior (or the lesser degree he pleaded guilty to), then he is guilty of perjury. That's no small offense. Hey, even Bill Clinton wasn't impeached for his actions; he was impeached for lying. And guess who was right up front in helping the impeachment move forward? You know about glass houses.

    September 2, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. Jo Petersen

    I'm decidedly not a fan of Republicans but this whole affair stinks. Who really cares if he likes homosexual sex on the side other than his family? His mistake was going after Clinton so vehemously just like Vitter did which makes them hypocrites and therefore untrustworthy. Why Gingrich, Henry Hide, Bob
    Barr (the list is too long) got a free pass is truly a mystery. Well, not really. Weak kneed Democrats are too busy being wall flowers that all we went from a congress that let Bush be the King to a do nothing congress.

    September 2, 2007 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    People claiming Larry Craig is innocent should begin to actually look at facts rather than blindly support him because he is a Republican. He didn't just tap his shoe, he repeatedly peeked into the stall, ran his hand upside down under the stall 3 times slowly, and even with his pants pulled down managed to move his foot over into another stall.

    Saying that Craig was too busy to give it more time is ridiculous. He had 6 weeks to think, get legal advice, scream about being entrapped, and blame liberals. Instead, he didn't even tell his family or friends. If you were falsely accused of something you found to be absolutely abhorrent, would you tell no one or tell everyone you could find that you were innocent?

    Those who defend a man who has now been accused on 5 different occassions of homosexual activity need to look at what they support. Their support means that they believed that Craig lied when he signed the paperwork saying that he was not guilty, lied when he signed the statement saying "I understand that the court will not accept a plea of guilty from anyone who claims to be innocent” and lied when he signed documents stating “I now make no claim that I am innocent of the charge to which I am entering a plea of guilty”. Those supporters gladly admit his lies, but malign a police officer trying to protect us from crime. Brilliant!

    September 2, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    Please note the obvious typo error in my comments where I stated that Craig had pleaded "not guilty". That is his current position this week.

    September 2, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Michael Serengeti, Tucson, AZ

    Republican party needs to be purged off of all these dirty old men. I would be really concerned being represented, in one of the most important institutions in this country, by a man who doesn't know to seek legal council before pleading in a legal case. I don't think he is qualified to be a Senator ... of course he is not alone.

    September 2, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Sue, Pocatello, Idaho,

    his HYPOCRISY served you well did it?

    Now he can add hiring the lawyer of Michael Vick (the guy who a vast majority of this country HATES with a passion after he was found GUILTY and had to PLEA DOWN to a lesser charge too) to his already astounding list of bad decisions related to the matter:

    1) He pled GUILTY;

    2) to a lesser charge after getting busted for soliciting sex from a male police officer

    3) you don't PLEA down to a lesser charge unless you know you're going to get fried on a more severe one (see Michael Vick);

    4) there were WEEKS between the time that the incident occurred and the day he pleaded GUILTY – so he had PLENTY of time to consider his situation, seek legal council, etc;

    5) COMMON SENSE says you don't plead guilty to something you didn't do, then try to say you WEREN'T guilty when the story hits the airwaves;

    6) he has a history of alleged homosexual escapades – unless you think THAT is all part of a vast liberal conspiracy too

    LOL Nope, nothing to see here folks! Move along!

    September 2, 2007 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. Rao Guntur, Albany NY

    This senator may be stupid, guilty and gay. Being gay or stupid is not a crime. However, like every one else he deserves his day in a court room. He has a right to due-process. Simply, because he gave up his right to due-process once does not mean that he should not be given a second chance. The evidence against him is not strong
    enough to convict him. This is not a republican or a democrate issue;it is about our legal rights.

    September 2, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. Eric, Phoenix, Az

    Senator Craig will probably have to eventually admit his homosexuality, but don't fear. there's a Haggard-esqe 3 week "cure" out there for ya!

    September 2, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. Virginia, Birmingham, AL

    Mr. Craig's hiring of Vick's attorney...sounds like he has really gone to the dogs!!

    September 2, 2007 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  25. Dr. Baldwin Roscoe, Mendocino, California

    Wow .... did (former) Senator Craig kill dogs in the airpot restroom??
    No wonder his foot was in the next stall.
    What a bunch of sleeze balls we have representing us in Washington.

    September 2, 2007 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
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