(CNN) - Former White House Counsel Greg Craig confirms to CNN he and several of his colleagues are now working for John Edwards as part of his legal team adding inside-the-beltway firepower as he hopes to stave off federal charges.
"Senator Edwards asked me to help him, and I agreed to do so. He has not violated any laws," Craig told CNN.
Because Craig is still in his "cooling off period" after leaving his White House post he is legally precluded from meeting or communicating with Justice Department officials at the assistant attorney general or higher.
The news of the Craig hiring, first reported by NPR, comes as a federal grand jury in North Carolina has been hearing evidence concerning whether Edwards broke any finance laws by financially supporting his mistress, Rielle Hunter, with funds from his campaign. Hunter was a videographer working on the campaign. Edwards has denied any wrongdoing.
Craig told CNN two other nationally known colleagues from his law firm Skadden Arps, experienced litigator Clifford Sloan, and Ken Gross, an expert in election law, are also now part of the Edwards team.