Barack Obama: Fire Greg Craig
By Soren Dayton Posted in 2008 | Barack Obama | Greg Craig — Comments (84) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Greg Craig, one of Barack Obama's foreign policy advisors defended John Hinckley, who shot Ronald Reagan. From Craig's professional website:
In 1981 to 1982, working with Vince Fuller, Mr. Craig represented John Hinckley who was charged with the attempted assassination of President Reagan.
That might be considered neat trivia, but it doesn't stop there. Other people he defends include a former Bolivian Minister of Defense indicted for crimes against humanity, the current President of the Panamanian Senate indicted for the murder of US soldiers, and other generally bad people. Here's a video that capturess the problem:
I join the Dallas Morning News (starting in January!) in calling for Barack Obama to fire Greg Craig and answer whether or not, in Barack Obama's mind, Craig would be an appropriate hire at the State Department.
Read on for details.
ABC's Jake Tapper also notes:
Craig represents Pedro Miguel González. González is president of the Panamanian Legislature and is also under indictment in the U.S. for murdering U.S. Army Sgt. Zak Hernández in 1992. ... González's indictment has complicated passage of the U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreement. So there is legislative relevance.
Like how? Well, for Obama, González's indictment was a problem:
For his part, Obama told a Wisconsin labor coalition that he would vote against the Panama Free Trade Agreement specifically because of González's indictment.
It doesn't stop there:
Craig also represents Carlos Sánchez-Berzaín, the Bolivian Defense Minister who has been accused in a federal lawsuit of "crimes against humanity" because of his alleged role in the suppression of labor union riots in 2003 that resulted in the deaths of 67 people. He has represented Kofi Anan in the UN's oil-for-food scandal, Elian Gonzalez's father, John Hinckley, Jr., and former President Bill Clinton.