President Taps Lawyer to Lead Gitmo Closure

President Barack Obama has chosen Clifford Sloan, a high-powered Washington lawyer with extensive experience in government, to be the State Department's special envoy for closing down the prison at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Sloan, a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, has been an informal advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry but also has served in both Democratic and Republican administrations. His task will be to bridge the deep divide between the administration and the Congress, which will be no easy job. As the Associated Press points out, shortly before his appointment was announced, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation prohibiting the president from using defense funds to close the facility. WATE has the story.