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Kathryn Ruemmler, Obama's Top Lawyer, Is Sticking Around A Little Longer Than Expected

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FILE - In this May 10, 2006 file photo, then-federal prosecutor Kathryn Ruemmler is seen in Houston. Upon learning of the nighttime capture of Boston bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, now White House counsel Ruemmler started to think about what legal rights the young terror suspect should have. For Ruemmler and White House counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco, the night's events were a culmination of more than a decade of teamwork for two friends who first met amid the shock and confusion of t | ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's lawyer in the White House is sticking around a little longer.

The White House said in September that Kathryn Ruemmler planned to leave by the end of the year to go into private practice in New York. But White House officials say that after speaking with the president, Ruemmler agreed to stay until spring.

Ruemmler is one of Obama's top aides, a member of his national security team and advises him on a wide range of issues, including counterterrorism and judicial appointees.

The 42-year-old former prosecutor has worked for the administration since Obama's first day in office and has been Obama's top lawyer since 2011.

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