November 15th, 2008
07:23 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama taps former Clinton impeachment attorney, says source

CHICAGO (CNN) - Prominent Washington lawyer Greg Craig will be named White House counsel for the Obama administration, a Democratic source tells CNN. The source added that it is unclear when the appointment will be made public.

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.

CNN reported Friday that Craig was under stong consideration to be named as the incoming president's top lawyer, according to three officials close to the presidential transition. One of those officials said Craig was "highly regarded" and trusted for his discretion by Obama.


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  1. Caroline, CA

    Politics have always been interesting but this last 8 years and this last election has been more than phenomenally consuming. THE RESULT WAS FUN!
    President-Elect Obama is going to have the best he can find for the positions, unlike his predecessor who surrounded himself with ideological hacks who have almost ruined the country and destabilize the entire world.
    HIT THE ROAD REPUKES.

    November 15, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  2. Caroline, CA

    Shinade, Greg Craig must be a good lawyer as he had to be because the Republicans were fabricating so many lies and tried every which way they could to entangle the Clintons in phantom misdoings. Read the book by David Brock, "Blinded by the Right" and you might understand what went on.
    The "Right" has continued since to "blind" the whole country. GOOD RIDDANCE!

    November 15, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  3. DealWithIt

    LOL!!! I love President-Elect Obama. This one just made me laugh til I cried.

    November 15, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  4. HUH

    I thought I voted for the candidate of change. He is picking all of Clinton's people. If we wanted this, we would have voted for Hillary. I'm really starting to wonder about him.

    November 15, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  5. frank rivas

    so much for change, right? i would not want to believe that this has been a "faked" change all along from this guy.

    November 15, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  6. tiffany in ohio

    Man polotics got me in a trap. iiiiiit juuuust beeee caaaalling meee!!!!

    November 15, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  7. Perusing-Through

    Hmmm, , , , I see Obama is only hiring Grade-A students (kind of like himself).

    November 15, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  8. Geraldine

    Hope we can have another great 8 yrs as we did with Clinton and Obama knows it.

    November 15, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  9. Long

    Senator Barack Obama has bee elected the next President of the United States of America and he has the World Wide World as a witness. Let him select, choose and install the people and the policies that will enable him to do his job in securing our econimical, political and geo_national policies. I have never in my adult life seen such a detailed scrutinity even in the election of the The White Counsel. All you so called conservatives are no better if not racists.
    If you have chosen to have slept for the last eight years I would recommend that you do the next eight as your policies has been not only disastreous for the USA but for the World Wide World that they are in DC at this very moment demanding a redress.

    You cannot lovre your country without embracing it's CITIZENS...DUH

    November 15, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  10. tess

    more change! now tell me exactly what changes we have seen so far?is there any pick who has not served the clintons? seems like the only change has been to get rid of hillary {which in the scheme of things }is perfectly o.k. with me!!

    November 15, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  11. lynne

    I'm disappointed again. and he's thinking of Hillary for Sec. of State. What is he thinking?

    He's thinking smart, crafty, capable.

    What about smart, honest, ethical, capable.

    November 15, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  12. Peter (CA)

    maynard-Get a life. Obama was easily the best candidate. He has the ideas and the plans and he is building the team that can implement the changes needing to be made.

    "He does not belong in office." What have you got other than your spewing? Give us something or do the right wing nut jobs really have nothing to work with.

    Pathetic. When you have something intelligent to say, come back and discuss issues. Until then, go spend some time on the Fox News site. The bar there is set pretty low.

    November 15, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  13. Michael J, Toronto

    His name might be Obama, but we're getting Clinton part 2!

    November 15, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  14. Texas Vet

    The Clinton choices are a breath of fresh air after 8 years of Bush, Chency, Rumsfeld and the neo-cons.

    Obama will be very busy getting rid of all the executive orders Bush has signed. Obama's Team plans to use a 1996 Bill that help us get rid fo all the pesky ones Bush is signing now. It seems we will get our freedom and our County back.

    November 16, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  15. rick

    so sad, audited by the press. so much for real thinkers saying what is the truth and others don't want to hear. sad, so sad.

    November 16, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  16. T FROM AZ

    hmmmm, interesting. "BUT" if he handles his cabinent like he did his campaign, I'd say. We're in good hands. He is ONLY going to have the most Expierience and Trusted people around him. And believe me, there are reasons for EVERY appointment. Well done Barack!!!!

    November 16, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  17. Ibrahim Adams

    A rival will always have contra view towards its rival . Obama should consider the Mexico Gov.
    Nigeria

    November 16, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  18. April

    I"M WITH YOU PSYCHIC PERSON. LET THEM JUST WAIT AND SEE. THE CLOWN DID PULL THE WOOL OVER THEIR EYES, DIDN'T HE. LET'S JUST WAIT AND SEE.

    WE WILL BE THE ONE WHO WILL SAY "I TOLD YOU SO". AND IT IS BEGINNING. NOW THE INSIDERS ARE TAKING OVER SOMETHING HE SAID HE DID NOT CARE FOR. ONE DOWN, MILLIONS TO GO. PROMISES, PROMISES. I TOLD YOU SO.

    November 16, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  19. Kim, Dallas, TX

    I can't believe how cynical and mean people can be on here. All of you cynical, hate spewing people need to remember the landslide that voted in Obama. You also need to remember how our country has really gone down hill over the last eight neo-con years of government. The entire world is suffering the consequences. Not all cabinet appointments will be brand new people. That would be insane to do that. Obama is surrounding himself with "thinkers". Those who may not always agree with him, but will allow him to see various points of view. It would be good if some of you on here practiced that same kind of intelligence. I feel like we are in very good hands and our government will get back to the one I once knew.

    November 16, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  20. LJinLACA

    Keyboards and spell checkers are inexpensive these days...

    Can we let Obama get started before claiming failure?

    Fact: Highly educated, rises to the top of his endeavors

    Fact: Superb political animal – has risen to the top

    Fact: Building a strong cabinet – once the ship sails, it will achieve it's mission for America's people – not corporate interests that conflict with people's interests...

    November 16, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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