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Why the White House Should Slam the Door on Greg Craig
By Dana Jill Simpson
Today the Wall Street Journal is reporting that behind closed doors certain groups in the White House want Mr Greg Craig gone. The White House is denying that is so, but clearly there are leaks taking place about discussions in the White House. However the question should be is Mr Greg Craig doing a good job for the Democrats that elected his boss President Obama. I think the answer would be no and here is why. President Obama was elected by Democrats and independents in this country that sought change in the direction our country was headed. However, Mr Greg Craig as Legal Counsel to the President has just provided us with no change.
In fact today in America we are still involved in a war where we now know there was no WMD, and no end in sight, we still have a government illegally wiretapping Americans, a Department of Justice riddled with problems, detention centers both here and abroad filled with folks who don't need to be there, and a White House legal counsel office filed with attorneys that just don't get that the citizens who voted President Obama into office wanted a better brighter America. The voters were seeking a country that respects the rule of law and wants it upheld by their government officials. In fact it may be the very actions of Greg Craig that cause the Democrats to lose many seats in the 2010 elections because he just does not get it or is bought out by the establishment.
To understand Greg Craig one must look at his history. Greg Craig was a bright smart Yale student from all accounts that got a terrific job working for the guy known as "the man to see in Washington DC" . His boss was Edward Bennett Williams a well respected lawyer who represented politicians and top mafia officials. In fact for years many thought Greg Craig's boss might be deep throat. It is kind of funny that most people don't know but young Mr Greg Craig got his first real training representing the Washington Post during Watergate. At the same time Karl Rove was helping run the young Republicans and working with George HW Bush who also was accused of being deep throat. It is believed during the early 1970's is when these two individuals Mr Greg Craig and Karl Rove formed their lifetime friendship. There bosses Mr Edward Bennett Williams and Mr George HW Bush were very close and it is believed that when President Ford offered the CIA job to to Edward Bennett Williams that it was he who refused and said no appoint my dear friend George HW Bush director of CIA. As a result of that Williams and Connolly from then on did a lot of work for people in the CIA.
It is also probably the reason why Williams and Connolly still to this day represents George W Bush as he transitions from being President to a private citizen. Mr Greg Craig has for months been the center of attention in carving the deal for Karl Rove to testify without having to take an oath. Many know I objected strongly when I learned Mr Greg Craig was the deal cutter. What is most shocking to me is that when he called me about representing me he never revealed he had long old ties to the Bush family nor to Karl Rove. I was lucky to ever find out just how deep those ties were from people in the intelligence community. I also learned along the way just how many top level Republicans Mr Greg Craig's firm represented and was shocked that he would ever have been Obama's choice for legal counsel. Mr Greg Craig's firm has been Dick Cheney's personal lawyer at least back to the controversy surrounding the building of Gitmo. It is interesting to me how Mr Greg Craig was there to advise President Obama to close Gitmo when his firm protected Vice President Cheney when it was alledged he was cutting deals to build it. All I can say is what a hypocrit Obama has hired and it is sad many of the Democrats that supported him never realized what was really taking place the day Greg Craig put the pen in Obama's hand to sign to close the joint down that had brought so much shame to our country. After all it is the very joint Mr. Greg Craig's firm protected Vice President Cheney on building. If you doubt me Google Larry Klayman judicial Watch and Dick Cheney and Williams and Connolly. The law firm Williams and Connolly bills itself as "the firm to see just like its leader Mr Williams was one time "the man to see." However if you look closely it is the Republicans that consider it to be the firm to see, not the Democrats. Which is what makes Mr Greg Craig such an odd choice for President Obama as a legal counsel, since President Obama claims to be a Democrat.
In fact Mr Greg Craig's firm represents all the important Republicans. They represent Bush, Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenent, and Karl Rove. I really found it to be quite a conflict for Mr Greg Craig to strike a deal with Karl Rove and his attorney when he had so many conflicts. First he had pretended to be interested in representing me when he knew he had conflicts of his firm having long represented all the important Republicans in the country and further having represented the very people I was making allegations against. I to this day wonder what he was up to when he ask to speak with me about representing me and pretended to poor Don Siegelman that he was his friend all the while Mr Siegelman never knew what a friendship he and Karl Rove had. Nor did Don Siegelman know the firm's connection to George W Bush. Further Greg Craig was cutting the Karl Rove deal with his old partner Emmett Flood who had long been the lawyer for George W Bush. My question will always be was Greg Craig taking care of President Obama or his old Bush friends that go all the way back to his Watergate days when his boss Edward Bennett Williams and George HW Bush use to meet about getting Nixon out of office so Ford, tennis partner with Bush, could be President. I guess that is a question we should ask Mr Greg Craig. Who is he loyal to the Republicans whom he has run around with for years or the Democratic President that he serves today as Legal Counsel.
I also think it important for all the Siegelman fans to know that Greg Craig had to file a financial disclosure form this year. On that form were some really interesting tidbits. One of the companies that paid him was a company called Ogilvy. That company was formerly known as the Federalist Group and changed it name after the 2006 election when Democrats took over the House. What is important is the Federalist Group had close ties to the Bush White House. In fact the gentlemen who ran it are Stewart Hall and Wayne Berman who are very close to Karl Rove and George W. Bush. In fact Ms Berman worked as the social secretary to both Ms Cheney and Ms Bush. Many may remeber my testimony about Mr Hall being close friends with young Mr Riley. Well basically it is that office that helped run Bob Riley for Governor in 2002 and is where many got together to plan for Bob Riley to get elected. At the time Mr Greg Craig had close associations with these individuals as he was the lawyer for all Richard Shelby's business endeavors and appparently the lawyer for Mr Stewart Hall and Mr Berman. So when we ain't getting any help one only has to look at Mr Greg Craig's financial statements to see why he was paid a large portion of his last year before going into the White House by the Alabama gang who work at Ogilvy and also who had an interest in Digital Fusion. Digital Fusion is a company in Huntsville that got a 117 million dollar contract guarding missiles and is invested in by certain individuals out of the Federalist Group / Ogilvy PR firm. I suspect that is why we have not received to date any relief from the White House in the Siegelman matter. A sad reality in Washington is that often money speaks louder than words about truth and justice.
I have written all of this for one reason. It is time for the Democrats to demand in this country an Office of Legal Counsel run by Democrats. That is the only way we are every going to see change in America. Greg Craig needs to be run out of that office as he has too close of ties to the Republicans as do many of the lawyers he brought over from his firm to the OLC. One only has to look at Greg Craig's close associations and clients to determine that his friends and firm have closer connections to the Republican party than President Obama should want or need. After all it was Democrats who elected President Obama and one would assume in a city as big as Washington DC that he could find a lawyer that had no connections to George Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Donald Rumsfeld, and George Tenet. In fact it really makes one wonder why he would hire a lawyer whose firms represents all the people the voters who put in office want in jail for the crimes they committed during the past administration. Doesn't it seem odd to you? It certainly does to me. I think a great move for Obama would be to get rid of Greg Craig and all the lawyers associated with Bush in the White House. After all, the voters voted for change, not more of the same tired old lawyers who have been connected to Republicans and the Republican Party for years. We need a fresh start in this country and the lawyers in the White House would be a great place to begin. Call the White House today and demand that President Obama kick Greg Craig to the curb, since his strong Republican ties have now had a spotlight shined upon them for all to see. It is time we fill the White House Legal Counsel office with true Democrats.