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Another Justice official quits

September 07, 2007|From the Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Assistant Atty. Gen. Peter D. Keisler, who oversaw the Bush administration's lengthy legal fight over the rights of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, announced his resignation Thursday as head of the civil division.

Keisler's departure comes in the wake of Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales' resignation. Keisler is the latest senior official to leave at a time when lawmakers have criticized the department for not being politically independent from the White House.

President Bush nominated Keisler for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, but the Senate has not acted on the nomination.

Keisler officially resigns Sept. 21. The department said Keisler has no immediate plans other than to spend time with his family.

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