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Not tonight we have new information on Amanda Barack Obama picked to be his White House counsel Greg Craig.
Has -- a high profile attorney for many years but it is his connection to a man indicted for the murder of a US soldier.
That is the subject of our special investigation.
Let's take a look.
June 11 1992.
Panama City Panama US president George Herbert Walker Bush is supposed to be celebrating the country's newly elected democratic government.
But the celebration is interrupted.
This -- to the people.
Wonderful feeling between Panama.
They have done more than demonstrate one day earlier -- he committed murder.
Two American soldiers were ambushed while traveling in their humvee outside of Panama City.
The attackers pepper the vehicle with AK 47 fire from the windows of a stolen car.
Corporal sacrament is of Puerto Rico was killed instantly he had been shot 22 times and you don't -- -- didn't.
I think that -- -- pick what song.
-- -- -- -- That man believed to be the mastermind behind the attack.
-- was Pedro Miguel Gonzales the son of a prominent Panamanian politician.
Known to be rapidly anti American.
And loyal to ousted dictator Manuel Noriega.
Father -- Taught him well.
Never backed down -- and always.
Front American power in the animal and do everything you can't get the Americans believe after the shooting Pedro fled the country with the help of his father.
US government wasted no time trying to locate the murder suspect and offered a substantial reward for tips.
Come back in the USA federal grand jury indicted Gonzales and -- co defendant on first degree murder charges Gonzales feet underground until 1995.
And the PRD.
His father's political party -- back to power after three years on the run Gonzales turned himself is at the Presidential Palace.
In a move orchestrated by his father.
Despite what the US consider giving evidence Pedro Gonzales was acquitted in Panama on all charges it was.
By all accounts to stand trial government and strong arm people.
And threatened jurors.
And in 1999 he turned the tables on the US when he ran for a seat in the Panamanian National Assembly.
Have given whose father was and is fiercely anti American stance was elected -- landslide and that is what sparked.
-- had diplomatic row between the United States and Gonzales quickly rose through.
-- the political ranks and then in 2007.
Still under indictment for murder right here in the US.
He was elected president of Panama's National Assembly.
This set off a firestorm of anger throughout the US government.
Which sends a strong diplomatic message when lawmakers blocked the Panama free trade agreement from passing.
-- Gregory Craig Barack Obama's pick to the White House counsel was also been advising yep.
Pedro Miguel Gonzales.
-- Yes you heard it right one of Obama's closest confidant she chose to advise -- man indicted.
For the murder of the US soldiers.
But this is not out of character for mr.
Craig who throughout his career has represented a slew of controversial character.
Craig has a history of seeking out these types of cases.
He was a registered foreign agent basically acting as a lobbyist on the side of various foreign governments and entities -- And representing -- in US federal court.
It is unclear what exactly mr.
Craig is done for Pedro Gonzales.
Because neither he nor the Obama transition team we'll tell us what is clear is that he has chosen to be at the very least.
The intermediary between a suspected terrorist in the US government.
Obama made it clear during his campaign for the White House will be no place for influence peddlers and -- Tricks the more transparency we can bring to Washington the less likely it is for Washington will be run by lobbyists and special.
-- White House counsel -- will be steering the new president through a series of tricky legal decisions but given his ability to defend his clients questionable morals and sinister acts.
Is this the -- that Barack Obama wants as he trusted -- -- off.
And joining us as Byron York from national review has been investigating this -- and I guess the main question is why hasn't it been more attention paid to this obviously you know you talk about killing US soldiers.
Well you know look it's really really serious it has gotten lost a bit in the shuffle with all the other appointments going on in the end you know the economic plan everything else.
Also that the position White House counsel does not require confirmation in the senate and if there were confirmation in the senate.
I'm sure questions like this would would be asked.
Yet got down -- as part of your investigative work.
You know Obama promised transparency.
Why why is some of the information you'd like to get you can't get you know they -- they giving you any explanation as to why not hand them over to.
You know absolutely not I asked specifically about this question of of his representation of -- Miguel Gonzales and the specific question for example -- mr.
Believe that Pedro Miguel Gonzales is innocent.
Asked the transition office got a no comment.
-- the bush Justice Department.
Got absolutely no comment on that they -- go to the transition office asked his law firm.
Got no comment and you and tried through an intermediary to reach -- himself and you know who was blocked at every every.
-- Yeah well of course we know him I guess -- from.
From running the Clinton defense.
During the Clinton Monica Lewinsky -- a lot of us remember him from the -- Gonzales case here.
But I hope we put this all together we got Eric Holder and he's representing or advocating the FAO and terrorists sixteen of them.
He's advocating Marc Rich was dealing with Iran during the middle of the hostage crisis we've got this guy.
Killing US soldiers and getting some assistance -- representation -- holder and Craig.
And -- I didn't talk about Geithner and some other issues.
Seems to me that this was the total pass -- that nothing seems to stick I know everyone's got Obama -- they're excited about tomorrow.
But -- -- going to be important positions in government why don't why don't people seem to wanna pay attention in this.
Well so far everybody -- -- so excited about Obama mania but look these are things worth knowing and Greg -- history.
For example he is known best for defending Bill Clinton in the impeachment trial.
But before that he did a lot of work in foreign policy -- for Teddy Kennedy was.
Working on -- -- or or along.
With the Nicaraguan Contras in the 1980s.
Worked certainly would make Fidel Castro on.
The the Elian Gonzales case.
As represented a number of foreign countries.
Actually represented John Hinckley the man who shot and almost killed Ronald Reagan and you know these -- it's a question that lawyers face all the time and for the story I've talked to one conservative lawyer asked -- about this he said you know it's a delicate issue.
Because generally we don't hold lawyers responsible for the views of their reliance on the other hand is worth considering when a lawyer his time and again.
Gone to the well represented somebody on the other side an issue from America site and I think that's the question -- right.
All right thanks Byron York national review -- my favorite web sites we -- -- -- land thanks for being with us Byron.
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