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March 3, 2011 6:25 PM

Report: Edwards Taps Skadden's Craig Amid Federal Probe

Posted by Brett Chase

John Edwards has hired former White House counsel Gregory Craig amid a federal criminal probe targeting the ex-senator and Democratic presidential candidate, NPR reports.

Craig, a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, will try to convince U.S. prosecutors that they should not pursue criminal charges against Edwards in connection with an investigation into whether he used campaign funds to cover up an extramarital affair, according to the NPR report.

"We have consistently said we don't think he violated any law," Craig told NPR.

Craig joins Edwards's North Carolina-based defense lawyers Wade Smith and James Cooney III, of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, NPR reports. 

Craig was hired to lead Skadden's newly created global policy and litigation strategy practice in Washington, D.C., early last year. Hired for the top White House legal job at the start of President Obama's term, the former Williams & Connolly partner left the post in November 2009. He also served as senior adviser to both former secretary of state Madeleine Albright and Senator Edward Kennedy. He was special counsel to President Bill Clinton from 1998 to 1999.




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