Attorney General Eric Holder’s plea deal is a “mistake”

Sept. 11 Case Awaits Biden Administration’s Reply on Plea Deal

The White House will have to decide whether to fight the courts in New York over the plea deal announced by Attorney General Eric Holder last week in the trial of the accused of orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks against the U.S.

When Holder announced his plan to have the three men held without trial on Sept. 26, he said it was “only fair” and in the interest of justice. The plan sparked outrage on the right and on the left, with the latter accusing the Obama administration of overstepping its bounds.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in an interview with The Huffington Post in New York on Sept. 7 that he’s unaware what Holder’s plea deal is.

“I don’t have a great deal of familiarity with the details of what President Obama’s been working on, especially this sort of complex matter involving criminal and national security issues, but I’m certainly pleased that Attorney General Holder and the Department of Justice are pursuing what appears to be a just, fair, and workable resolution to the issues,” Earnest said.

Lawyer for the three defendants, Assistant Federal Public Defender Jennifer Kaus, called the plea deal “an important step in the right direction.”

Kaus, who represents four defendants, including two other 9/11 plotters, said Holder made a mistake when he announced the plea deal. They were entitled to have the government consider the plea deal that would have kept them out of court, which would have allowed them to defend their cases without facing a trial, she said.

“I think Attorney General Holder got the facts about the plea deal wrong,” Kaus said. “At that time, our goal was to get our clients out of jail, not just a plea deal. And the only way that we could do that was to have the government give us a fair hearing. It’s a mistake.”

In September 2012, four days after the first of the Boston Marathon bombings, Holder announced his plan to have the three main defendants

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