Thirty minutes after White House Press Secretary refused to confirm the change in White House Counsel, the White House released the official statement announcing DNC Chief Counsel Bob Bauer will serve as White House Counsel by the end of the year, taking over for Greg Craig who is returning to private practice.  Major Garrett had the scoop earlier today.

Read the official White House release below:

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 13, 2009

 

White House Counsel Greg Craig to Return to Private Practice

Bob Bauer to Serve as White House Counsel

 

The White House today announced today that White House Counsel Greg Craig will return to private practice and Bob Bauer will serve as White House Counsel.

“Greg Craig is a close friend and trusted advisor who tackled many tough challenges as White House Counsel,” said President Obama. “Because of Greg’s leadership, we have confirmed the first Latina justice on the Supreme Court, set the toughest ethics standards for any administration in history, and ensured that we are keeping the nation secure in a manner that is consistent with our laws and our values. I’m indebted to Greg not only for leading the Counsel’s office but for his many decades of service to this country as well. He has been a huge asset in the White House, and he will be missed. I will continue to call on him for advice in the years ahead.”

Bauer is currently a partner at Perkins Coie. He will begin serving as White House Counsel by the end of this year.

“Bob has served as a trusted counselor for many years to many elected officials and is known as a tough and widely respected advocate,” said President Obama. “Bob is well-positioned to lead the Counsel’s office as it addresses a wide variety of responsibilities, including managing the large amount of litigation the administration inherited, identifying judicial nominees for the federal courts, and assuring that White House officials continue to be held to the highest legal and ethical standards.”