Republicans want President Barack Obama to send the first suspect arrested in the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead to the prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
Sen. John McCain of Arizona was among a group of Senate Republicans urging for Ahmed Abu Khatallah to be sent to Guantánamo — even as Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. put out a statement declaring his intent to try Khatallah in U.S. courts.
“That’s where the detention facilities are. … It’s totally inappropriate to keep him anywhere else,” McCain said.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Guantánamo has yielded significant intelligence over the years.
“We’re turning war into a crime and it’s going to bite us in the butt,” he said. Full story