Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sought Monday to convert into political points the Obama administration's reversal on the trial venue for accused 9/11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
“I would like to note a welcome development on the war on terror,” McConnell said in a floor speech. "Incredibly enough, today the administration is announcing it has changed course."
Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Monday that the self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks would be tried before a military commission at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base rather than in civilian court, as the administration had hoped. In 2009 Holder announced that the trial would be held in New York City, prompting a bipartisan outcry from lawmakers in that state.
“For the last two years, the Obama administration has actively sought to bring the 9/11 plotters into our communities for civilian trials," said McConnell. "It was a completely horrible idea that rightly drew overwhelming bipartisan opposition from the American people and from their elected representatives here in Congress," McConnell said.
"It’s the right outcome to a long and spirited debate," he said.