Sen. Republicans Grill Atty. Gen. Holder Who Defends Decision to Have Trial in NY

The Justice Department isn’t going to change its mind about holding a 9/11 terrorism trial in New York. So the best Republicans can do at this point is try to beat up on people like Attorney General Eric Holder.

Sen. Lindsey Graham critical of move
Sen. Lindsey Graham critical of move

By Jake Sherman
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he expects to direct prosecutors to seek “ultimate and most uncommon penalty” for self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

But his tough words have been met with a vehement response from committee Republicans, who warn that his decision to try Mohammed in New York is a fundamental mistake, legally dubious and dangerous to the city.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who had been asked by the White House to not speak about the decision to try Mohammed in federal court, broke his silence Tuesday, telling Holder his decision is “a perversion of the justice system.”
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