Former White House counsel Greg Craig is being scrutinized by federal prosecutors as part of the Russia investigation, according to CNN.
Craig, who worked at the Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom Law Firm, subsequently worked as White House counsel in the first year of the Obama administration, from 2009-2010.
In addition to serving in the Obama administration, Craig also served in the Clinton administration, both as special assistant to the President and special counsel. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Craig Attended Yale Law School, Along With Fellow Classmates Bill & Hillary Clinton
According to The New Yorker, Craig has longstanding ties to the Clintons, and even sublet his apartment to the Clintons (who were at the time un-married) for 75 dollars a month.
Craig also reportedly received regular invites to the White House Christmas parties during the Clinton administration before he was asked to serve in it. Craig and the Clintons were longtime friends, despite his deciding to support Obama over Hillary Clinton. Of his decision, Craig said to The New Yorker, “I don’t discount the possibility of her being able to inspire me. But she hasn’t in the past, and Obama has.”
2. Craig Is Married to Derry Noyes, a Graphic Designer, & They Have Five Children
Craig and Noyes have five children together and live in a large house in Cleveland Park. Subsequent information on their children is largely unknown.
3. Despite Having Close Ties to Clinton, Craig Was One of the Early Individuals Who Urged Obama to Run For President
Despite his longstanding relationship with the Clintons, Craig was a massive supporter of Obama’s presidential campaign, reportedly encouraging Obama toward the presidency even before he announced his bid.
When Obama was practicing for his debates against then-presidential candidate John McCain, it was Craig who stood in as the late senator to spar with Obama. According to Newsweek, Craig served as an informal foreign-policy advisor to Obama in the early campaign days, and was dubbed as “one of the Kool-Aid boys” by Obama.
4. Craig Was ‘Forced’ Out of the Obama Administration, & Reportedly Found Out About His Firing From the Morning Paper
After a year of service as special counsel to Obama, Craig was offered a federal judgeship by Obama in an attempt to avoid a “high-profile” ouster, according to Politico. Craig declined the offer, and then learned of his subsequent removal by reading the morning paper.
Obama reportedly called Craig to apologize after The Washington Post beat him to the punch of Craig’s ouster. Craig has not said bad words about Obama publicly since.
5. Federal Prosecutors Are Now Reportedly Weighing Charges for Craig Linked to a Probe into Paul Manafort
According to The Hill, Craig’s potential charges are linked to a Paul Manafort probe, which stem from a belief that Manafort “solicited” Craig’s law firm, Skadden, on behalf of the then-president of Ukraine.
Craig’s attorney has since said in a statement, “[Craig] was not required to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act.”