The Obama administration and its allies have fiercely defended DOJ lawyers who previously represented Gitmo detainees. But they aren't so proud of former White House counsel Greg Craig's decision to defend Goldman Sachs. Here's the write up from the New York Times:
The White House offered a tepid response Tuesday to word that President Obama’s former White House counsel is now representing Goldman Sachs as the giant financial firm responds to allegations that it defrauded investors.
“I’m not going to characterize the White House’s feelings on jobs that members of the administration take after they’ve left the administration,” Bill Burton, a White House spokesman, told reporters aboard Air Force One as Mr. Obama returned to Washington from a California fund-raising trip.
Greg Craig, one of Washington’s most prominent lawyers, was a top adviser to Mr. Obama during his campaign and went on to serve as White House counsel but then left after a year of tension over issues like closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He went to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which has long represented Goldman, and the financial firm engaged him to advise it on litigation strategy before the Securities and Exchange Commission filed its civil suit last week.
Mr. Burton indicated that the White House was surprised by the news. “We weren’t consulted about the particular position,” he said, “but that’s not something that we would have a heads-up on necessarily.”
The White House seemed sensitive to the revolving-door quality of a top Obama adviser now representing a financial giant that has been accused of wrongdoing, especially at a moment when the president is lobbying for legislation to tighten regulation of Wall Street firms.
Shouldn't the administration be praising Greg Craig as the rightful heir to the legacy of John Adams?