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Accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has requested access to secret testimony taken from nine Guantanamo Bay detainees at the 2008 Guantanamo Bay military commissions hearings.
Fox News Radio’s Jared Halpern was on Fox & Friends this morning to explain.
On whether he should be allowed to review secret testimony: President Trump’s general counsel Don McGahn met with the House GOP staffers while on a conference call this morning at which he said that he should be able to see some of these documents. One GOP source familiar with the meeting said that Kushner’s lawyers did not oppose the review of the documents during the call, which is similar to the way the CIA released documents related to detainee abuse during the George W. Bush administration. On the other hand, Democratic representatives and other watchdogs have opposed the request because it may alert witnesses to their treatment and whether they are being coerced into testifying.
On the timing of the special counsel’s appeal: It’s kind of curious that they’ve made this appeal when the three Chief Trial Judges of the Joint Task Force for Military Commissions will be meeting on Thursday to discuss how the commander of the JTF, Marine General John Kelly, needs to be aware of any future courts martial of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Among the issues we’re going to be discussing are the future trials of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and al-Shaqiri, who are arguably the most dangerous of all of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
On whether the ongoing investigation could be used as a counter-terrorism tool: Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats made some interesting comments that everybody is focused on Russia in particular. Now President Trump is calling into question the probe and saying his team isn’t being fully investigated and I don’t understand this because Russia isn’t the only foreign threat we face. When the director of national intelligence says you have to think about Russia, does that mean that you’re also at risk from other countries like North Korea or Iran or China or Saudi Arabia or Israel who have interests that they might try to advance by undermining our faith in democracy? And I think that the Trump administration may be looking at that, as might the commission with respect to other intelligence agencies that may also be a possible avenue to them going forward.
On President Trump supporting a second special counsel: The President recently said that he believes there should be a second special counsel for what he called biased conduct by our current special counsel Bob Mueller. Even though he hasn’t specifically named Bob Mueller…it appears the President is referring to Bob Mueller and his investigation into allegations of collusion and obstruction of justice between Donald Trump and the Russians.