White House counsel Craig to end embattled tenure

By Anne E. Kornblut and Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, November 12, 2009; 11:41 PM

White House Counsel Gregory B. Craig is expected to announce his departure Friday, people familiar with the situation said, ending an embattled tenure in which he struggled to lead the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

Craig will be replaced by Bob Bauer, a prominent Democratic lawyer who is Obama's personal attorney.

The shakeup has been long-awaited, coming after months of dissatisfaction over Craig's management of Guantanamo policy. It represents the most high-level White House departure to date -- as well as the most concrete expression of how badly the administration's detainee policy has gone off-course.

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