Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch on Tuesday seemed to downplay the Obama administration’s plans to transfer Guantanamo Bay prisoners to the U.S., saying it would be illegal and is “not being contemplated.”
Later, her spokeswoman sought to clarify the remarks, saying Lynch did not intend to preclude any of the president’s options.
Administration officials have repeatedly said they want to close Guantanamo and move some of the remaining prisoners to the U.S. But Congress has rebuffed President Obama’s efforts, including with a recently renewed law that specifically prohibits use of U.S. funds for such a move.