Briefly: Obama team decides on Craig for White House counsel

Gregory Craig LAW ’72 will serve as White House counsel for President-elect Barack Obama pending an official announcement, Democratic officials said Saturday. The White House counsel advises the president on legal issues, pardons and conflict-of-interest issues. A White House veteran, Craig led the impeachment defense of President Bill Clinton LAW ’73 as a special counsel to the White House. Craig also served as director of policy planning in the State Department from 1997 to 1998. A partner at the law firm Williams & Connolly, Craig has been involved in several other high-profile cases: In 2000, he successfully represented Elian Gonzalez’s father, a Cuban national, in his efforts to regain custody of his son, and more recently, he represented former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan in connection with the Volcker Commission’s investigation of the Oil-for-Food Program at the U.N.

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