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article image9/11 trials starting with Holder vs. Emanuel

By Michael Bearak     Feb 5, 2010 in Crime
The trials of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four accomplices has led to a divide between United States Attorney General Eric Holder and White House Chief Rahm Emanuel.
The decision by Attorney Eric Holiday to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four accomplices in civil courts rather than with a military commission has aggravated White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel because it will alienate key Republicans that the administration needed to in order to close Guantanamo Bay.
A source told the New Yorker that Emanuel wanted to placate Senator Lindsey Graham. Graham has been pushing for a military commission and has helped Obama on a number of issues including the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Lindsey Graham
Senior Republican Senator from South Carolina.
Lindsey Graham, press photo
At issue right now is the Eric Holder has set-up to have the trial in federal courts and the Obama administration is seeking a $200 million fund to pay for security costs to be provided to the city that hosts the trial. "Rahm felt very, very strongly that it was a mistake to prosecute the 9/11 people in the federal courts, and that it was a mistake to prosecute the 9/11 people in the federal courts, and that it was picking an unnecessary fight with the military-commission people," according to the New Yorker article.
Lindsay Graham last week introduced a bill that would block the funding Obama was looking for. Graham told Rahm that he would not support closing Gitmo if the suspects did not face a military commission.
Rahm has now put the blame square on Eric Holder, If we don't have Graham, we can't close Guantanamo and it's on Eric."
Graham told the New Yorker, "there's a place for courts, but not for the mastermind of 9/11."
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