Transcript: Attorney General Eric Holder on renewed efforts to close Guantanamo – May 14, 2013 press briefing

Partial transcript of Attorney General Eric Holder’s remarks on the Obama administration’s renewed efforts to close Guantanamo at a press conference on May 14, 2013:

Question:
You had a strongly-worded defense of using the federal court system in terrorism cases this weekend over at Cal. You also expressed a lot of regret about…Guantanamo. Is it your desire as we move into this second term to make another push to transfer prisoners back to the United States to send people through the federal courts system?

Attorney General Eric Holder:
Well, I think we certainly ought to use our federal court system. It’s proven to be effective. It’s a place in which we can convict people who are charged with terrorism-related offenses. It’s also a place where we can get valuable intelligence. And what we’re going to try to do is to close Guantanamo. The President has indicated that it’s too expensive. It’s a recruitment tool for terrorists. It has a negative impact on our relationship with our allies. And so we’re going to make a renewed effort to close Guantanamo.

Question:
…appointment of a new senior official at the White House or elsewhere to work on Guantanamo?

Attorney General Eric Holder:
We’re in the process of working on that now. We’re looking at candidates.

 

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