Trump's Death Penalty Tweets Can Harm Case Against NYC Terror Suspect

Trump's Death Penalty Tweets Can Harm Case Against NYC Terror Suspect

Trump's Death Penalty Tweets Can Harm Case Against NYC Terror Suspect

US President Donald Trump talks to the media on South Lawn of the White House in Washington before his departure to Greensboro, North Carolina October 7, 2017.

Late last night President Trump sent out a tweet to his 41 million followers, declaring that the terror suspect accused of running people down on a NY bike lane "should get death penalty".

Tuesday's attack was the first terror strike inside the United States during Trump's presidency and was allegedly done in sympathy with Islamic State, also known as ISIS, the extremist group Trump has argued he has "on the run". No evidence has surfaced to back up that claim.

As well as calling for the death penalty, Trump also suggested that he would be willing to send Saipov to Guantanamo Bay, the US military prison in Cuba that is reserved for high-value detainees captured overseas.

"Would love to send the NYC terrorist to Guantanamo but statistically that process takes much longer than going through the Federal system", Trump has stated in a tweet. "There is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the terrible crime he committed". He should receive the death penalty!

In bringing terrorism charges against Saipov, federal prosecutors on Wednesday said the Uzbek immigrant used a rental truck to mow down people along a bike path after being inspired by Islamic State (ISIS) propaganda videos.

The deadly rampage ended after an NYPD officer shot the suspect in the abdomen.

It was legally questionable whether the Trump administration could have sent 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov to Guantanamo, in part because the courts have not ruled whether the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force - which permits the government to detain enemy combatants for the duration of a military conflict - applies to the Islamic State and its followers.

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"The terrorist came into our country through what is called the "Diversity Visa Lottery Programme"..."

At the end of the segment Shawn also mentioned the death penalty.

But in further evidence of the internal struggle of the administration, Sessions was introduced by Joon Kim, acting USA attorney for the Southern District of NY who on Wednesday, after the "laughingstock" comments, forcefully defended the success of the civilian courts. "He killed 8 people, badly injured 12", Trump tweeted.

He is the only inmate among the 61 people on federal death row convicted for an act charged as terrorism.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC said Thursday he was "dumbfounded as to why the Trump administration still follows the Obama playbook when it comes to dealing with terror suspects".

President Donald Trump on Wednesday seized on the deadly New York City truck attack to step up demands for stricter U.S. immigration laws, asking Congress to end a visa program that let the Uzbek suspect into the country.

On Wednesday, Trump bemoaned what he believed would be a slow legal process for Saipov.

The law enforcement official said Kadirov was a friend of Saipov's and may not have a role in the case at all, but authorities got suspicious because he "went off the radar" when they went to speak with him.

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