He's Out

White House Counsel Quits

Embattled White House Counsel Gregory Craig announced Friday that he is returning to private practice. Craig had struggled to lead the effort to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, which Barack Obama had promised to do within a year of being taking office. Bob Bauer, the president’s personal attorney and longtime adviser, will replace Craig, who also oversaw the president's overhaul of government policies on terrorism interrogations. In a statement from Japan, Obama called Craig a trusted adviser who took on a difficult job. Dissatisfaction over Craig’s management of Guantánamo policy had been brewing for months, and the change was expected.