The Committee feed is screwy right now, but cspan.org is carrying it. Pat Leahy will not be there today; he’s at a funeral. I don’t know if Herb Kohl (who will act as Chair) had an opening statement or not. But Jefferson Beauregard Sessions is up now whining about civilian trials.
(Incidentally, at 10, the House Judiciary Commitee will have Glenn Fine and Valerie Caproni talking about the Exigent Letter IG Report. I’ll do my best to keep my eye on that too.)
Sessions apparently doesn’t know there was a hearing last week in a military commission, which basically consisted of everyone looking at each other and admitting that MCs have no rules right now.
Here’s Holder’s statement.
Holder: 19 USA nominees and 17 Marshal nominees pending.
Holder now listing all the terrorists prosecuted in civilian courts.
Use every tool available. Includes both civilian and military commissions. Referred 6 cases to military commissions. It would seriously weaken national security not to have civilian trials.
9/11 Commission trial. No decision yet.
Kohl: Review of 240 detainees. In your testimony did not mention if and when you plan to close Gitmo. Update?
Holder: Still intention to close Gitmo. Once was bipartisan support for closing it. Both men who ran for President last year supported closing Gitmo. Will close as soon as we can.
Holder basically says they intend to use Thompson to hold people indefinitely.
Kohl raises Holder’s comment about reading Miranda rights to Osama bin Laden.
Kohl: Do you still believe civilian trials are better? When can this decision be made.
Holder: Reviewing decision. NY is not off the table. Have to take into consideration concerns raised by local community. Expect to be able to make determination in a number of weeks.