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November 15, 2008 6:56 PM

Williams & Connolly's Gregory Craig Said to be Obama's Choice for White House Counsel

Posted by Ed Shanahan

11896 Politico.com is reporting that President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Williams & Connolly litigator Gregory Craig as White House counsel, according to Democratic officials. The news was reported shortly after 6 pm Saturday. According to the report, officials have confirmed that Obama has settled on Craig, but are not sure when an official announcement will come.

Craig is well-known in Washington circles, having served an assistant and special counsel to President Bill Clinton from 1998-99, and as a senior adviser and policy planning director for Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Craig also spent five years, from 1984 to 1988, as Senator Edward Kennedy's senior adviser on defense, foreign policy, and national security issues.

According to Politico, Craig offers the administration "both experience and loyalty...During the primaries, Craig was an early Clinton alumni defector to Obama." Craig advised the Obama campaign on foreign policy matters.

The move comes as a bit of a surprise, since pundits and a handful of news organizations earlier this week named Craig a likely contender for either National Security Adviser or Deputy Secretary of State.

For more details on Craig's background and connections to the Obama team, see this bio from the New York Times.

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He is a superb lawyer. It is an excellent choice.

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