Last night, the Wall Street Journal (subscription) sent out a news alert claiming that President Obama’s White House counsel, Gregory Craig, is getting kicked to the curb:
Obama administration officials are holding discussions that could result in White House counsel Gregory Craig leaving his post, following a rocky tenure, people familiar with the matter said.
The WSJ implies that Craig — a former Williams & Connolly partner, perhaps best known for extracting President Clinton from the impeachment mess — has botched advising the President on several national-security issues, including the Guantanamo prison closure, the release of national-security documents from the Bush era, and detainee holdings.
But the White House says ‘whoa, whoa, settle down now.’
From the ABA Journal:
White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina issued a statement denying the report. “We’ve addressed these rumors before,” he said. “They are nothing more than typical Washington parlor games. It’s disappointing that while we are focused on reviving the economy and fighting two wars, others spend their time pointing fingers in an attempt to promote their own status.”
Tsk, tsk, WSJ’s unnamed sources?
In happier news, Craig believes in lawyer employment! He’s expanded the size of the White House counsel’s office to 41 lawyers; it was 11 lawyers smaller under Bush.
White House Counsel’s Job at Stake [Wall Street Journal]
White House Denies Report that Counsel Greg Craig May Be on His Way Out [ABA Journal]