WASHINGTON — Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte said the Obama administration is wrong to bring a recently captured son-in-law of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida spokesmen to court in New York. They described the action as “sneaky” and against the will of Congress.
Graham said Sulaiman Abu Ghaith is clearly an enemy combatant and should have been sent straight to the Guantanamo Bay detainee facility in Cuba for extended questioning.
Graham and Ayotte said at hastily arranged news conference Thursday that they worry that the administration’s decision to have Abu Ghaith appear in a federal court in New York will establish a precedent. Ayotte said suspects like Abu Ghaith do not deserve the protections of U.S. courts. U.S. law enforcement officials on Thursday confirmed Abu Ghaith’s capture.