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)
  1. FML

    While I can see why people are excited (not in a good way) about a "new" Clinton cabinet, the fact is many of these people truly are the best and brightest at what they do.

    Think about the non-political world - the same people tend to be CEOs from company to company. It's a really small pool of capable at that level of government, and while I agree that a little bit of risk is a good thing, there's comfort in knowing that Obama trusts people more knowledegable than him in certain areas.

    November 14, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. Chris

    I wonder why so many people think Obama may be disqualified. Hmmmm.....

    November 14, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. gee

    It's now been over nine full days since Madelyn Payne Dunham–Barack Obama's thrown-under-the-bus "typical White" grandmother who raised him–died.

    Yet, still no funeral. That's a pretty odd–not to mention, disrespectful–way to treat a grandmother you claim you love and who raised you, regardless of whether you are President-elect of the United States or just an average citizen. Regardless of whether you told the world she was a "typical White" racist.

    He is cooooooolllllll.

    November 14, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. sglman4Obama

    Phew! when I saw Craig I thought you meant Daniel! LOL LOL LOL!

    November 14, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. 60 year old, white female for Obama

    Did you READ the article; Craig Endorsed Obama and has been working with him throughout the campaign.. His alliance has been obvious.

    I think as a law degree from harvard and a president of the Harvard Law Review Obama is much more qualified to pick his counsel than the people posting on this board.

    Chances are very strong that several people chosen will have cut their teeth during the Clinton years.

    Change involves the policies and getting together the people best suited to bring these to fruition.

    Gee: I suggest you read up on Hawaiin traditions before you start spouting off in ignorance.

    November 14, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |

    gee (posted at 5:44 p.m.) – you sure sound like one of those desperate no-ideas Republicans who have nothing better to do than smear Obama. Get a grip and get a life!

    November 14, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  7. deb in Colo

    To "Jim in Texas"

    The stock market is dropping like a log because of poor quarterly sales, increasing unemployment numbers, failure to get the credit markets opened.

    You can blame that on Obama – but it's just another Republican lie.

    Go buy a HUMMER and get the economy going again....

    November 14, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  8. Matt

    @ Welcome to the Obama Show

    The only show around here is the republicans who show up to spout baseless nonsense and repeat "that's not change" like it's some sort of mantra that will become true if they say it enough. For one thing, Obama's birth certificate proves he's a natural born citizen. For another, you can't judge the "change" issue by who he can only judge it by how they all act after taking office. I kno wyou'r eeager to start your criticism, but you just sound ignorant when there's really nothing ot criticize yet...let alone the fact that you'd complain even if he brought about world peace. Get a life.

    November 14, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. Sue

    gee...I looked up the obit for his grandma, and it said a memorial service will be conducted at a later date. I suspect cremation is popular on the island state, thus no immediate funeral. Give it a rest.

    November 14, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. GA for Obama

    gee- I think Obama had a PRIVATE funeral

    What do you care? You don't know his grandmother. It's personal. If it were your grandmother and you as president-elect, you would
    conduct the funeral in public eye.

    And STOP hating the next President for no apparent reason but RACISM. He didn't call anyone a 'typical white person.' Maybe you need to go to college and read/watch his 'A More Perfect Union' speech again.

    p.s. Obama praised his grandmother in that speech.

    November 14, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  11. Sue

    Correction: the memorial was today.

    November 14, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. Matt

    @ gee

    Your facts aren't facts.

    November 14, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. Louise

    Regarding Gee's comment – funerals are for the living – the deceased don't care much. Obama loved and honored his Grandmother throughout his life. I'm sure he said his good – byes on his last visit and he paid homage to her again on election night. His relationship with her was obviously strong, and honest, enough that he could tell the truth about how he perceived some of her actions – this is not "throwing her under the bus"! And I can just hear the howls " Economy crumbling and Obama goes to Hawaii!" He's suffered a loss, he's taking on the toughest job in the world – let's try to be a little tolerant.

    November 14, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  14. bk

    Another Clinton person. You might as well have elected Clinton. They are going to run the show. Obama is a joke.

    November 14, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  15. Matt

    @ Mike

    It wasn't in ALL the papers. Remember that redneck racist local paper in Oklahoma didn't print that Obama won? This country is tropical thunder retarded.

    November 14, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. Sue Ellen Stamp

    What garbage is this? Obama disqualified??? This is the most ridiculous exchange of words I've ever heard!

    As far as Hilary Clinton is concerned, I've never have been, nor will I ever be, a fan of her's, but one cannot question her experience, and don't forget, Obama calls the shots! You can take that to the bank.

    November 14, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    clinton clinton, boring where is the change?

    November 14, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  18. Peg, Carrollton, TX

    Some people seem very upset that Obama is picking people with experience.
    Some seem to think it is an odd thing to do but maybe he sees what appointing people for just their ideology (and nothing else) does to a country – basically it ruins them and nothing works. (I should actually say what it does to 2 countries.)

    Count me in when thinking it is a good thing to have people who are actually knowledgeable doing a job.

    November 14, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  19. Andy in Texas

    RJ, Phoenix – "Welcome to the Clintons 3rd term." Really? Do you any idea how badly Bill Clinton would have trounced Bush had he actually been able to run for a third term? The "Bush" third-term thing hurt McCain because Bush has been such a wild failure and had done such fantastic job running the country into the ground and ruining its reputation abroad. Clinton presided over one of the longest and strongest economic booms in our history. People actually wanted a 3rd term, so "Welcome to the Clintons 3rd term" doesn't really have the bit you wanted it to.

    November 14, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. Jill in Texas

    Andy in Texas, you hit the nail on the head! Third Clinton term! If only! We all could have done without the last eight years. Corruption, indifference, greed.... NOT things this country used to be about, pre-W. The world is excited about this election, as we all should be. Let's just ignore the haters, honk and laugh at their "W" bumper stickers, and enjoy the simple fact that for the first time in 8 long years, the USA has done the right thing.

    November 14, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. tim

    keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

    November 14, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  22. KJL

    To all of you who don't think Obama should hire anyone from the Clinton administration: Would you prefer that he get Hugh Hefner's girlfriends, or have some kind of lottery, or just pick people up at a bus stop? Get real. There are only so many top-notch individuals to choose from, and Obama wants them.

    November 14, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. Credit Card Republicans

    He cant be much worse than the cleaning lady,Harriet Myers.

    November 14, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  24. Vernon

    Once again brillance is in the White House! I hope all the right wing morons go to Texas and have a beer with the guy that leaves this Country in such a mess!!!

    November 14, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  25. OMG

    It's simply amazing to me how unintelligent some people are...and I'm a teacher!!

    Obviously, some of you need a refresher in civics. If you can't say anything intelligent...just be quiet and have seat in the corner.

    November 14, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
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