Senate Judiciary Dem: Trump's NYC comments show he's 'dangerously uninformed'

Senate Judiciary Dem: Trump's NYC comments show he's 'dangerously uninformed'
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Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience Durbin seeks to become top-ranking Democrat on Judiciary panel Feinstein to step down as top Democrat on Judiciary Committee MORE (D-Vt.), who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday that President Trump’s comments about the suspect in the New York City truck attack show he is “dangerously uninformed.” 

“Denigrating federal courts and talking about 'quick' & 'strong' justice? #POTUS reveals he's dangerously uninformed,” Leahy wrote on Twitter. He linked to a statement from a human rights organization.


Leahy’s tweet comes shortly after Trump said he would consider sending 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the Tuesday truck attack that left eight people dead in lower Manhattan, to the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

"We need quick justice and we need strong justice — much quicker and much stronger than we have right now," Trump said Wednesday during a White House Cabinet meeting. "Because what we have right now is a joke and it's a laughing stock. And no wonder so much of this stuff takes place."

Trump "calls our courts a 'laughing stock'? That’s a false, and unserious claim. But denigrating our federal judiciary is all too serious," Leahy continued in another tweet.

“Federal courts have a track record of fairly and expeditiously dealing with terrorism suspects, having handled more than six hundred cases since 9/11,” said retired General Charles C. Krulak, in the statement released by Human Rights First that Leahy linked to. "Designating this suspect an ’enemy combatant’ does not make America safer. On the contrary: it legitimizes individuals who are nothing more than thugs and criminals by branding them as the warriors they wish to be.”

Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamBiden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden Let's give thanks to Republican defenders of democracy MORE (R-S.C.) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBiden eyeing Cindy McCain for UK ambassador position: report The Memo: GOP mulls its future after Trump Juan Williams: Obama's dire warnings about right-wing media MORE (R-Ariz.), both influential GOP voices on national security issues, said Wednesday that the suspect should be held as an enemy combatant.

The New York Police Department's (NYPD) deputy commission for intelligence and counter-terrorism said Wednesday that the alleged attacker perpetrated the act “in the name of” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

"Based on the investigation overnight, it appears that Mr. Saipov had been planning this for a number of weeks," Miller said in a press conference. "He did this in the name of ISIS, and along with the other items recovered at the scene was some notes that further indicate that."

Saipov, who is a lawful permanent resident in the U.S., is originally from Uzbekistan, where two jihadist groups are known to operate. One of the groups, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, pledged loyalty to ISIS emir Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2015.

-Updated 3:07 p.m.