Schumer: Administration should admit terror trials won't be held in NY

The Obama administration should just go ahead and admit that its terror trials won't be held in New York, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) urged Wednesday.

Schumer said in a statement that it's already clear that trials for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and other alleged al-Qaeda members will not be held in Manhattan as was initially planned.

"We know the administration is not going to hold the trial in New York," Schumer said. "They should just say it already."

Schumer's statement comes after Attorney General Eric Holder, in a highly-anticipated appearance on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, said that holding trials in New York was "not off the table" at this point.

The administration's plans had faltered under criticism by lawmakers in both parties in the months since they were first announced. The administration has not yet acknowledged publicly, though, that the trials are likely to be moved, despite growing conventional wisdom that a move is inevitable.

Republicans have said the trials should be held in military tribunals at the existing detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.