November 14th, 2008
04:20 PM ET
13 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)



    November 14, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. KJL

    Obama likes people with brilliant minds. His foreign policy experience will be especially useful.

    November 14, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Spencer/NY to VA

    If he's good enough for Clinton, he's good enough for me.

    November 14, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Mike S. New Orleans

    Whew! That headline scared me for a second. I thought 'Larry Craig' as White House Counsel? What's he going to do, measure all the wide stances in the rest rooms?

    November 14, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Hopeful for Tomorrow

    @Welcome to the Obama Show

    -what? Why would he be disqualified? And no, that would only make Biden president.

    November 14, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. deb in Colo

    I love Obama – I voted for him. But I don't want to see a Clinton White House and cabinet again.

    November 14, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. Rockford

    More Clintonians... Change Baby....

    November 14, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Daniel

    I hope these steady leaks after Obama won the presidency are part of a strategic feed forward control mechanism by the transition team not jut normal leaks found in dysfunctional setups.

    We have run a tight ship thus far, it will be a disappointment if incorporating fellow demecratics from unsucceful campaigns is a cause for these leaks if they are not part of a strategic loop.

    November 14, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. Minnesota

    WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW November 14th, 2008 4:56 pm ET



    November 14, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. Mobius

    Obama picks a lawyer who defended another President?

    That's not change.

    November 14, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. Boise, ID

    We are about to have the best 8 years in our history. Not bad for a black muslim terrorist socialist non US citizen.

    November 14, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. James, Saint Louis MO

    Better than Larry Craig!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 14, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. just a thought

    he sounds like a good choice.

    November 14, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. voter

    I am sorry to say this, but I am not believing any of the unnamed sources leaking information about potential cabinet members. I believe it is all speculation because the Obama team is very secreative. They announce when they are ready.

    November 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. conservative

    All you Clintonistas are getting your power jobs back! Happy days are here again! Now if you all can just make your power permanent and ban the amendment limiting 2 terms. No one will notice or care. Liberalism makes all things possible at the expense of others!

    November 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. Mike

    Welcome....put away the glue and come back back to reality. Even if Obama couldn't serve–for any reason–then Biden would be President, not McCain. McCain lost, remember? It was in all the papers:)

    November 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. mostlyharmless

    @Welcome to the obama show...

    *sigh* Hate to burst your bubble of denial, but No.

    1. Obama wont be disqualified.

    2. Even if 1 somehow happens, Biden will be the prez.

    November 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. Jim in Texas

    Obama is bringing in the Clinton people because doesn't know who to pick........this is Change? This does not speak volumes of confidence in Obama and the Stock Market reflects one knows what to expect. It is going to be a rough four years.

    November 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. Bleebo

    What in the world is Welcome to the Obama show talking about. Insane minds are awful.

    Disqualified in what manner, Welcome to the stupid comments of aka Welcome to the Obama SHOW.

    PS Where did you attend school, any school, at all?

    November 14, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. slvn


    No. If Obama were somehow disqualified, his electors would have to decide who to vote for. Being Democrats, they would almost certainly not vote for McCain. My guess is that they would vote for Biden as President and perhaps Hillary Clinton as Vice President.

    But there is no chance of Obama actually being disqualified.

    November 14, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. Independent

    Actually, since the election is over, if Obama was somehow disqualified to to be president, the Vice President-elect would automatically become President-elect. If this was before the election and Obama was somehow disqualified to be President, but the Obama/Biden ticket was elected, THEN the House of Representatives would be able to decide the next President and VP.

    November 14, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. RJ, Phoenix

    Welcome to the Clintons 3rd term.
    Some much for "Change".
    Very disappointing. There are plenty of highly qualified individuals out there that are not leftovers or "has-beens" from previous administrations.

    November 14, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. Zee

    Why do Americans respond to crazy people's crazy comments?... I love this country.

    November 14, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  24. JL

    I agree with Mike S. New Orleans. I'm from Idaho and had a small panic attack when I read the headline to this. Whew.

    November 14, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. Independent Guy

    Yeah. I heard the Supreme Court has scheduled a special session this Sunday. Apparently, Joe the Plumber filed a complaint that election results were mixed up (McCain's tallies were called for Obama and vice versa)...Dream on, Welcome. Maybe you will wake up in 2016 (at the end of Obama's second term)

    November 14, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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