June 17 - Democrats applaud capture of suspect in 2012 Benghazi attacks as Republicans raise concerns about prosecuting him in court rather than military tribunal at Guantanamo. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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The United States said Tuesday it had captured a suspected ringleader of the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans including the U.S. ambassador and ignited a political firestorm in Washington.
Ahmed Abu Khatallah's capture was a victory for President Barack Obama, who has been accused by Republicans of playing down the role of al Qaeda in the 2012 attacks for political reasons and being slow to deliver on promises of justice.
On Capitol Hill, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid welcomes the news.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID, SAYING:
"It does not matter what your ideology is, you should feel good about this. There is no conspiracy here, it's actual news. The reaction from some of the Republicans I have been told is to downplay and insult the brave men and women of our special forces and the FBI."
But some Republicans, like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are raising concern that Khatallah will be prosecuted in court rather than a military tribunal at Guantanmo Bay.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SENATE MINORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL, SAYING:
"He needs to be interrogated, extensively, and I hope that will occur. There has been a tendency in this administration, as you know, to treat this like a law enforcement matter, read them their rights and get them a lawyer. I hope they are not doing that. The most valuable thing we can get from this terrorist is information."
The White House defended the use of the U.S. courts for the case, saying in a statement that the justice system had repeatedly proven that it can "handle the threat we continue to face and prosecute terrorists."