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CO Dem Sheriffs Oppose Clinton-Obama Gitmo Plan

- November 11, 2015

“A Group Of 41 Colorado Sheriffs Have Signed On To A Letter Asking President Barack Obama Not To Send Inmates Housed At Guantanamo Bay To Fremont County Prisons.” (Jesse Paul, “41 Colorado Sheriffs Write Obama To Block Housing Guantanamo Inmates,” The Denver Post, 11/10/15)

Seven Democratic Sheriffs Signed The Letter, Fred Hosselkus, James Casias, Jerry Martin, Jim Crone, Kirk Taylor, Robert Jackson And Rod Fenske. (GOP Data Center, Accessed 11/11/15)

As Colorado Sheriff’s Protest, The White House Isn’t Ruling Out Unilaterally Closing Guantanamo And Placing Prisoners In The U.S.

Obama Is Finalizing A Guantanamo Facility Closure Plan, Which Will Recommend Sending Some Prisoners To Facilities In The United States. “The White House is finalizing a Guantanamo closure plan that’s expected to be delivered to Congress in the coming days. The plan will recommend speeding detainee transfers to other nations, and allowing for some prisoners to be relocated to facilities in the United States.” (Jim Acosta and Kevin Liptak, “WH: Executive Action Possible On Closing Gitmo,” CNN, 11/4/15)

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest “Refused To Rule Out Executive Action” On Closing Guantanamo Bay Prison. “The White House on Wednesday refused to rule out executive action to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, saying past refusal from Congress to take steps to shutter the facility have led to little optimism that a legislative solution is possible. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, asked about the possibility that President Barack Obama could take unilateral moves to transfer detainees to the United States, said all options remain in play.” (Jim Acosta and Kevin Liptak, “WH: Executive Action Possible On Closing Gitmo,” CNN, 11/4/15)

  • Earnest On Whether Obama Would Consider Unilateral Action: “I Would Not Take Anything Off The Table In Terms Of The President Doing Everything That He Can To Achieve This Critically Important National Security Objective.” QUESTION: “And if you’re blocked legislatively from achieving that portion of the plan, or the goal to close the detention center, the President would not consider going around the legislative branch of government, would he not -- in moving those detainees out of Guantanamo?  Can you state categorically whether or not he would do that?” EARNEST: “Well, at this point, I would not take anything off the table in terms of the President doing everything that he can to achieve this critically important national security objective.” (Josh Earnest, White House Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 11/4/15)

 


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