Dem Senator claims Trump is ‘dangerously uninformed’ about U.S. justice


President Donald J. Trump’s acknowledgement that he might consider sending New York terrorist Sayfullo Saipov to the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, sparked a negative reaction from Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

The president said Saipovto, the suspect in the Tuesday attack inspired by ISIS which left eight people dead, might be a good candidate for the military prison commonly referred to as “Gitmo.”

That didn’t sit well with Leahy, who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Taking his discomfort with the notion to Twitter, Leahy wrote: “Denigrating federal courts and talking about ‘quick’ & ‘strong’ justice? #POTUS reveals he’s dangerously uninformed.”

He included a link to a statement from an organization called Human Rights First, in which retired General Charles C. Krulak, former commandant of the Marine Corps, wrote, “If the president truly wants ‘quick justice’ and ‘strong justice,’ he should never consider designating this suspect as an ‘enemy combatant’ or sending him to Guantanamo Bay.”

“Designating this suspect an ’enemy combatant’ does not make America safer,” Krulak continued. “On the contrary: it legitimizes individuals who are nothing more than thugs and criminals by branding them as the warriors they wish to be.”

Krulak believes the federal courts are adequate in dealing with terrorism suspects.

The remarks Leahy and Krulak referenced came from the president during a White House Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

“We need quick justice and we need strong justice — much quicker and much stronger than we have right now,” President Trump said. “Because what we have right now is a joke and it’s a laughing stock. And no wonder so much of this stuff takes place.”

Asked if Saipov, a lawful permanent resident in the U.S. originally from Uzbekistan, might be sent to the Gitmo detention facility, the president said, “I would certainly consider that, yes. Send him to Gitmo.”

Leahy contends that the assertion that the courts are laughable is false. In another tweet, Leahy wrote: “POTUS calls our courts a ‘laughing stock?’ That’s a false, and unserious claim. But denigrating our federal judiciary is all too serious.”

The New York Policy Department’s (NYPD) deputy commission for intelligence and counter-terrorism alleged that the suspect, Saipov, perpetrated the act “in the name of” ISIS.

“Based on the investigation overnight, it appears that Mr. Saipov had been planning this for a number of weeks,” Miller said in a press conference. “He did this in the name of ISIS, and along with the other items recovered at the scene was some notes that further indicate that.”

According to Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Saipov should be held as an enemy combatant.

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