WHITE HOUSE TOP LAWYER, GREG CRAIG, TO RESIGN…

Posted on November 13, 2009. Filed under: News And Politics... |

 

White House Counsel Greg Craig, the top official responsible for closing the prison camp in the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be announcing his resignation today.  According to the Washington Post, some members of the administration have been dissatisfied with Craig’s management on how to close Guantanamo.  The 64-year-old will be replaced by Bob Bauer, who was a personal attorney to the President; general counsel of the Obama presidential campaign; and who is the husband of former White House Communications Director, Anita Dunn, a favorite target of Glenn Beck of Fox News.  The Wall Street Journal, in its report about the resignation, also mentioned Craig’s involvement in the release of classified Bush administration documents, but does not cite this as a reason for his resignation.

 

Just like I pointed out in previous posts, the Democrats are running scared.  Because they repeatedly ignored the voice of the American people and because of their reckless actions, they’re all in danger of losing their seats in next year’s elections.  They are starting to make better decisions in an effort to get back in the good graces of the voters, but it’s to benefit them, not us.  It’s up to us not to forget what they’ve been doing to us and what they’ll continue to do to us once they secure their seats, if we let them.  Even Obama is sweating it outhe recently refused to visit Hiroshima, and now, he’s getting rid of one of his top counsel, Greg Craig, who was instrumental in overseeing his revamping of U.S. policy on terrorism interrogations and detentions, including a ban on torture, and was at the center of administration moves to release many documents relating to the treatment of terror suspects under the Bush administration.   These reckless moves and bad decisions earned Obama considerable criticism, and now he’s trying to crawl out of the hole he put himself in.  The bad part about this is that he put us all in that hole with him…

 

QueenBee

 

 

Top White House lawyer to resign

No reason given for departure of lawyer, who had led effort to shut Gitmo

The Associated Press

updated 4:32 a.m. ET, Fri., Nov . 13, 2009

 
 
 
 
White House counsel Gregory Craig, left, talks with Attorney General Eric Holder as they leave the White House on Aug. 24.

 

TOKYO – The White House’s top lawyer will announce his resignation on Friday, senior administration officials said.

 

White House counsel Greg Craig has been the subject of questions about his future since late summer, dogged by talk that President Barack Obama’s promise to close the controversial Guantanamo Bay military prison by January went awry under Craig’s leadership.

 

Craig also oversaw the president’s revamping of U.S. policy on terrorism interrogations and detentions, including a ban on torture, and was at the center of administration moves to release many documents relating to the treatment of terror suspects under the Bush administration — and to oppose the release of photos of abuse of detainees overseas by U.S. personnel. All those decisions earned Obama considerable criticism, some from the right and some from the left.

 

Bob Bauer, who was general counsel on Obama’s presidential campaign and a longtime adviser to Obama, has agreed to take Craig’s place, the officials said. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the announcement, first reported by The Washington Post, has not yet been made.

 

As speculation about Craig has heightened, White House officials maintained that the likable lawyer retained Obama’s confidence. However, they also noted privately that Craig had never intended to stay at the White House longer than a year. It had been expected he would then move to another prestigious job, such as an ambassadorship or judicial posting.

 

Craig’s planned resignation became public just as Obama landed in Tokyo for a weeklong tour of east Asia.

 

Highest-level departure
Craig would be the highest-ranking departure so far in Obama’s 10-month presidency. In the first sign of the coming shake-up, Craig’s deputy, Cassandra Butts, was moved last week out of that job to be senior adviser at Millennium Challenge Corporation, an aid program for developing countries that was created under the Bush administration.

 

Craig is perhaps best known for his work in a previous White House, as former President Bill Clinton’s chief defender during his 1998 Senate impeachment trial. Later, Craig became one of the earliest Clinton allies to sign on to Obama’s presidential campaign, during the Democratic primaries against Hillary Rodham Clinton.

 

Craig has taken the blame for the White House’s failure to predict and effectively manage the political dimension of closing Guantanamo, especially the extremely charged question of where to move the detainees now held in the Cuba-based prison.

 

Democratic and Republican lawmakers balked at the idea of transferring detainees into U.S. prisons and, under GOP pressure, Congress has banned the release of any detainee into the United States.

 

Democrats, however, have turned back Republican efforts to bar transfer of Guantanamo detainees into the country to face trial.

 

Painstaking process
The process of persuading other nations to take some Guantanamo detainees also has been painstakingly slow. The Obama administration also was taken aback at the amount of work required to put together formerly nonexistent evidence and intelligence files on each Guantanamo detainee.

 

As a result, the administration admitted some time ago that it will most likely not meet Obama’s January deadline for closing the prison.

 

In recent weeks, however, the prison-closing process has begun to pick up some steam.

 

Last month, Obama signed a defense policy bill that brought back but revamped Bush-era military trials for terror suspects. The revised military commissions give new legal rights to accused terrorists.

 

Also, the administration is due to begin announcing by a self-imposed deadline of Monday which of the 220 remaining Guantanamo detainees are to be tried in federal courts and which by the overhauled military commission process.

 

Still to come is the administration’s choice of which U.S. prison will house the handful of detainees considered too dangerous to release to another country or put on trial.

 

 

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Great observation, Tom, and both events will go down in history as two huge mistakes that were made by two Democrat presidents…QB

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Evidently defending Clinton from impeachment was easier than closing gitmo.

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