White House counsel to be fired?

With some Democrats unhappy with his performance, Greg Craig's job is reportedly in jeopardy

Published August 4, 2009 3:20PM (EDT)

We're just more than half a year into the Obama administration, but one key White House official might be losing his job soon.

The Wall Street Journal reports Tuesday that "administration officials are holding discussions that could result in White House counsel Gregory Craig leaving his post, following a rocky tenure." The paper says Craig "has come under criticism from inside the administration and in Congress for a perceived failure to manage the political issues that have originated from Mr. Obama's decision to close Guantanamo."

The White House isn't doing much to dispel the rumors. In a statement given to the Journal that was notable for its total lack of an actual denial of the paper's story, White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina said, "We've addressed these rumors before. They are nothing more than typical Washington parlor games. It's disappointing that while we are focused on reviving the economy and fighting two wars, others spend their time pointing fingers in an attempt to promote their own status."

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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