Asked about the facility and whether it would be closed, House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in an interview that airs on Sunday’s State of the Union, “Well, no they're not. They - they keep saying they are.”
Boehner rejected the White House proposal saying, “(T)hey want $500 million from this Congress to rehabilitate this prison in northwest Illinois. I want to see who the members are who are going to vote for this. I wouldn't vote for this if you put a gun to my head.”
In the sit-down interview with Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley, Boehner called Guantanamo “a world class facility” and said it was a proper site for conducting the military trials of suspected terrorists, an option preferred by Boehner and many of his Republican colleagues on Capitol Hill.
“I think it's the appropriate - appropriate place to hold these prisoners. And they can do the - the tribunals right there at Guantanamo. There is no reason to bring these terrorists into the United States. No reason to increase the threat level here - because they're here, their friends may want to come. It makes no sense to me. And I don't think the Congress will appropriate one dime to move those prisoners from Guantanamo to the United States.”
The White House is reconsidering a previously announced plan by Attorney General Eric Holder to hold several high-profile terrorism trials in civilian court in New York City. The Obama administration has also failed to meet its own, self-imposed one-year deadline for closing the Guantanamo Bay facility and moving the detainees held there to another ultra high-security prison perhaps in the Midwestern United States.
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