Sen. Schumer to Attorney General Holder: No KSM Trial in NYC, ‘Just Say It Already’

By Fred Lucas | April 14, 2010 | 5:36 PM EDT

Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before the House Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill on Thursday, April 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

( – While Attorney General Eric Holder testified Wednesday that the prosecution of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York City was “not off the table,” Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) issued a statement saying that he knows the Obama administration is not going to hold the trial in New York and “(t)hey should just say it already."

Holder testified on Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He said, “This administration is in the process of reviewing where KSM and the co-defendants should be tried. …  New York is not off the table as to where they should be tried. But we have to take into consideration the concerns.”

“No final decision has been made about the forum which Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his co-defendants will be tried,” said Holder. “As I said at the outset, this is a very close call.”

Schumer attended the hearing. But in his statement, released on Wednesday, he said: "We know the administration is not going to hold the trial in New York. They should just say it already."

Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)

Holder announced last fall that KSM, the mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attack, and five other terror defendants would be tried in civilian courts in New York City. The trial was first supported by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but he later backed off, following public sentiment against the trials.

Holder said the Justice Department would decide within a “number of weeks” where the trials would be held.