As has been anticipated, widely reported and denied for months, White House Counsel Greg Craig today submitted his letter of resignation.
The letter does not give a reason for leaving.
The president accepted, saying in statement that "Greg Craig is a close friend and trusted advisor who tackled many tough challenges as White House Counsel. Because of Greg’s leadership, we have confirmed the first Latina justice on the Supreme Court, set the toughest ethics standards for any administration in history, and ensured that we are keeping the nation secure in a manner that is consistent with our laws and our values. I’m indebted to Greg not only for leading the Counsel’s office but for his many decades of service to this country as well. He has been a huge asset in the White House, and he will be missed. I will continue to call on him for advice in the years ahead."
The president also took the occasion to announce his new White House counsel, Bob Bauer, who will begin serving as White House Counsel by the end of this year.
"Bob has served as a trusted counselor for many years to many elected officials and is known as a tough and widely respected advocate," said President Obama. "Bob is well-positioned to lead the Counsel’s office as it addresses a wide variety of responsibilities, including managing the large amount of litigation the administration inherited, identifying judicial nominees for the federal courts, and assuring that White House officials continue to be held to the highest legal and ethical standards."