Attorney General Eric Holder told a House subcommittee on Tuesday that he didn’t know if Guantanamo Bay would be closed by the end of the first term of the Obama administration.
President Barack Obama signed an executive order his first month in office that said the facility would close within a year, but that plan faced opposition from Congress and the plan has since been put on the backburner.
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), a critic of the Obama administration’s decision to close Guantanamo Bay, asked about the status of the government’s current efforts to close the controversial facility.
“We will do all that we can, we have to obviously work with Congress. Congress has put barriers in place to what I think is what we should be doing,” Holder said.
The Justice Department is still requesting money for the facility in Illinois dubbed “Gitmo North” but says that they would need the prison regardless of whether it holds Guantanamo detainees.