David Plouffe, a senior advisor in the White House, said the President supports Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to try alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed in a military tribunal. Holder originally announced that Mohammed would be tried in a civilian federal court under Article Three of the Constitution, but changed course after Congress blocked funding that would have allowed him to do so. Plouffe said Obama also agreed with Holder’s original decision to try Mohammed in civilian court.
“Look, here’s the decision he had to make,” Plouffe said, the President “supported the Attorney General’s original decision to try and do this in Article Three, but it’s clear that that just wasn’t going to happen. So you have to make a decision then. With Khalid Sheik Mohammed, was it that he would essentially be in limbo, perhaps forever? Where there would be no justice for those families, as we’re now ten years after 9/11? Or we were going to try and achieve justice through the military commission? So the Attorney General made that decision and the President agreed with it,” Plouffe said.