Alabama attorney Jill Simpson, best known as a Republican whistleblower in the Siegelman case, says White House Counsel Greg Craig has a conflict in matters involving Rove and perhaps other Bush administration officials.
In an exclusive story at Locust Fork News-Journal, Glynn Wilson reports that Craig has been asked to step down as White House counsel, at least in "all matters related to the Bush administration."
Priscilla Black Duncan, Simpson's Montgomery-based attorney, writes in a letter dated February 22 that the Rules of Professional Conduct require Craig to step aside from discussions about executive privilege and other issues connected to the Bush administration.
What is Craig's conflict? Wilson reports:
In what appears to be a clear conflict of interest, Craig represented Rove in his recent book deal, while Craig’s law partner, close associate and mentor, Emmet Flood, is representing Bush in executive privilege matters before the Washington D.C. Court of Appeals, where Bush administration officials have been charged with the political firings of U.S. attorneys for failing to act on orders to prosecute Democrats prior to elections.
But the most alarming sign of a conflict for Craig comes from this:
Furthermore, Craig had been in contact with Ms. Simpson on the pretense of possibly representing her in her testimony before the House Judiciary Committee legal team a year and a half ago, but declined to represent her only after getting her to reveal her entire case against Mr. Rove.
In her letter, Duncan notes the serious nature of Craig's interactions with Simpson:
“You had a duty to disclose your relationship with Rove to Ms. Simpson before she revealed the details of her involvement, because you knew from initial contacts that you had a conflict,” Duncan writes in the letter. “You have a duty now to turn over any material relating to disclosure of that information as well as to allocute to whom you passed the knowledge.”
You can read the full text of Duncan's letter at Locust Fork News-Journal.