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White House Counsel Craig Loses Lead Gitmo Role

Posted Sep 25, 2009 6:08 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Problem-solver Pete Rouse, a former Congressional aide and top adviser, has replaced White House Counsel Gregory Craig as the individual in charge of the Obama administration's planned closure of the United States military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, reports the Washington Post.

The challenging situation requires the administration to find alternate jails for 50 to 60 prisoners there who can neither be released nor tried, find host countries for those who are cleared for release, and arrange for dozens of other inmates to to be transferred to federal and military courts for prosecution, the newspaper explains in a lengthy article about the administration's Gitmo plans.

Three unidentified administration officials tell the Post that Craig is likely soon to leave the White House and one says he may soon be appointed to a judicial job or a diplomatic position.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "White House Denies Report that Counsel Greg Craig May Be on His Way Out"

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