Saturday, January 30, 2010
White House reconsidering venue for terror trials
From Eyewitness News:
The White House appears to be changing course on two major decisions regarding September 11th.
First, sources say the Obama administration has asked the Justice Department to consider other places to try the 9/11 terror suspects after a wave of opposition to holding the trial in lower Manhattan.
The Daily News reported that the action came hours after Mayor Bloomberg called Attorney General Eric Holder to say he would "prefer that they did it elsewhere."
Officials have told Eyewitness News and ABC News that the White House has asked the Justice Department to make contingency plans for criminal trial venues for the accused 9/11 terrorist defendants in case Congress and/or New York prevent the trials from taking place in Manhattan.
Officials said the apparent action by the White House does not mean the trials will be moved from federal court in Lower Manhattan, but they're now at least looking at other venues.
The Mayor of Newburgh, NY has offered to take the burden off the City. And Rep. Pete King of Long Island has introduced a bill to stop the terror trials from happening here.