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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 15, 1998


Today, I have asked Gregory Craig to join the White House staff as Assistant to the President and Special Counsel, reporting to me in connection with matters arising from the Referral submitted by the Office of Independent Counsel to Congress. Joining Deputy Chief of Staff John Podesta, the Counsel to the President Charles Ruff, and my personal attorney, David Kendall in their representation before House Judiciary Committee, Mr. Craig will quarterback the response to the Referral. Mr. Craig currently serves as Director of Policy and Planning at the Department of State. I have known him for many years and have great confidence in his judgment and ability.

The White House has also added former Chief Senate Liaison and Executive Director of the Senate Campaign Committee Steve Ricchetti, and former White House Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs Susan Brophy, to work as senior advisors to the President.