GOP senator urges Obama to shift on terror trials

WASHINGTON, DC - WASHINGTON (AP) - A Republican senator is offering the White House a deal on terror trials.

Sen. Lindsey Graham says that if the president agrees to try alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four accused henchmen in military tribunals, he will press fellow Republicans to vote to close the Guantanamo Bay prison.

Graham, who appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation," says reversing Attorney General Eric Holder's plan to try the suspected terrorists in a civilian court in New York City would be seen as an act of leadership by the public.

Graham also says a new legal framework is needed to deal with the most dangerous detainees at Guantanamo.

Closing Guantanamo was a key promise that President Barack Obama made when it took office.

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