November 14th, 2008
04:20 PM ET
5 years ago

Craig a top candidate for White House counsel

(CNN) - Three officials close to the transition say prominent Washington lawyer Greg Craig is under strong consideration to be named White House counsel, the powerful post of the president's top lawyer.

Craig first gained prominence representing President Clinton in the Senate impeachment trial, but he endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries and later played a key role in Obama's vice presidential vetting process.

"He's a very strong possibility," said one person close to the transition, who added Craig is "highly regarded" and trusted for his discretion by Obama.

A second official close to the transition was more bullish, calling it "all but a done deal" that Craig will be selected. A third official called Craig a "strong" contender at the top of the short list for the post.

Craig did not return a call seeking comment.

soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Vernon

    How in the HELL would President Obama be disqualified? Because
    Rush Limbach says so? What a bunch of right wing babies!!!! GROW UP AND LOVE YOUR COUNTRY!!!

    November 14, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. Tunstall

    I think, better yet, I know that half of the people in rual America need
    to go back to school, a different school , that is, if they attended one at all in their lifetime.

    November 14, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  3. Mike Dallas

    Since the Clinton administration is the only one where personal income rose during his 8 years out of the last 20, bring on all the Clinton folks that will sign on!

    November 14, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  4. Patriot

    Mike S.______ Mike you have your Larry's mixed up. The one with the wide stance that Obama likes is Larry Sinclair not Larry Craig.

    November 14, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. RJ, PHX

    Andy in Texas, I guess you forgot about whitewater, Bill being impeached for lying under oath and of course being disbarred is a badge of honor as well?
    Please, the Clintons are just as dirty as any other Washington politician... and he got caught with his pants down... literally!!!

    November 14, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. Ryan in Texas

    Obama is our president. He meets the constitutional requirements, and he has won both the popular and electoral votes. It's time for us to work on our problems instead of dwelling on our past. After all, that was the point of his campaign. His slogan was Yes WE Can...not Yes HE Can. Fixing this country isn't entirely the government's problem, nor is it entirely within the government's power to fix. The people had a part in what happened alongside the government. The people also need to have a part in fixing it alongside the government. Otherwise, you're just screwing it up even more. I voted for Barack Obama, because I not only agree with his policies, but because I saw how he motivated people to work together. We are not a white America, black America, Asian America, Latino America, Gay America, Straight America, Male America, Female America, Republican America, or Democratic America...we are the United States of America. The only time we get things fixed is when we work together. So, let's quit jawing, and get to work!

    November 14, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  7. Soccer Nana

    Mike, New Orleans; I was thinking similar thoughts; whew!

    November 14, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  8. Soccer Nana

    Jim in Texas, I do dont know where you have been, but the stocks tumbled weeks ago; right after your candidate said ". . . . FUNDAMENTALLY SOUND.... Remember!

    President-Elect Obama had nothing to do with the stock market crash!!

    November 14, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. OBAMA 4 President

    An attorney who failed in the impeachment hearing doesn't sound too good to me. I wouldn't hire an attorney who takes a high profile case and loses. Sounds like a loser!!

    November 14, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  10. John

    I agree, the Republicans who voted Bush in, the worse president in history, can do nothing but spout hate and fear. They are so afraid of life that they cling to far right beliefs. If they are so sure that God sends them to heaven, why don't they go jump off a bridge. Then at least we don't have to hear their hateful attitudes and listen to their baseless lies.

    November 15, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
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