Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. called the news of White House Counsel Gregory Craig's resignation a "surprise" in remarks today at a Main Justice press conference.
Holder said Craig has had a good relationship with the Justice Department. The attorney general called Craig a great lawyer and a friend. “Yes, it was a surprise,” Holder said at the news conference, where he also discussed the recently announced decision about where to prosecute 10 detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
“I know he leaves with the thanks of the president and certainly with my gratitude," Holder said.
Another Craig friend, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, called Craig one of the “greatest lawyers and one of the greatest people I've ever had the pleasure to work with.” Breuer and Craig worked closely together defending then-President Bill Clinton during his impeachment hearings.
Click on the link for a copy of Craig's resignation letter (.pdf).