Clinton Trial Lawyer Tapped as White House Counsel

Gregory Craig will advise Obama on legal issues
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 16, 2008 6:34 AM CST
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(Newser) – Barack Obama has chosen Gregory Craig, Bill Clinton’s lead impeachment trial lawyer, as White House counsel, Politico reports. Craig, 63, left the Hillary Clinton camp early in the primaries to support Obama, and knows his new boss well: He played John McCain in debate prep. He also advised Obama on foreign policy in the campaign.

Craig, a longtime friend to the Clintons, was the head of policy planning for the State Department under President Clinton, and a top adviser to Ted Kennedy. He also took the spotlight in several high-profile legal cases, representing the father of Elian Gonzalez in the battle for custody of the Cuban boy, and former UN chief Kofi Annan during a probe of a UN program.