Gregory Bestor "Greg" Craig
(born March 4, 1945) is a prominent Washington lawyer who served as the White House Counsel under President Barack Obama
from January through November 2009. Additionally, he served as Assistant to the President and Special Counsel during the Clinton administration
, where he represented President Clinton
during his Senate impeachment
trial. As an attorney Craig's most controversial client was John Hinckley, Jr.
, who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan
, and helped put together an insanity defense that led to Hinckley's acquittal.
Craig resigned from the Obama administration after frustration among senior White House aides in a dispute over President Obama's failure to abide by campaign promises to close Guantanamo Bay. In January 2009 Obama had signed an executive order to close the prison by the end of January 2010; the prison remained opened into his second term.