Eye Opener: Is Greg Craig Out?
Updated 10:37 a.m. ET
Happy Tuesday! Another day, another news report suggesting a senior Obama administration official is on the outs.
This time, it's White House Counsel Gregory Craig, a longtime Washington hand who was one of President Obama's earliest, most enthusiastic supporters.
The Post's Al Kamen first reported on this in July, sharing various accounts, including Craig's own desire to move on and another suggesting he'd clashed with members of the inner circle over the impending closure of Guantanamo Bay prison and his support for releasing the devastating Justice Department memos authorizing torture.
The Wall Street Journal reports today that, "Obama administration officials are holding discussions that could result in White House counsel Gregory Craig leaving his post, following a rocky tenure."
"Mr. Craig, the top lawyer at the White House and a close aide to President Barack Obama, has helped lead the administration's efforts on several national-security issues that once enjoyed popularity but have since become become political liabilities for Mr. Obama.
"These include the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the release of Bush administration-era national-security documents, and efforts to find legal ways to indefinitely hold some detainees who can't be put on trial."
"In a statement, White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina said: 'We've addressed these rumors before. 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.'"
(Messina told Kamen last month: "Sounds like typical Washington parlor games to me. These rumors are wrong.")
Is he out? Should he stay or go? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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