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Republicans question Obama's decision to move 9/11 trial


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- A hearing on Capitol hill Tuesday focused on the Obama administration's decision to move the trial of five September 11th terror suspects to a military court.

The trial was originally supposed to take place in civilian court in New York City. But Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced it would instead take place before a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay.

Republican Jim Sensenbrenner, from Wisconsin, questioned the timing of the announcement.

Sensenbrenner says, "I find it a strange coincidence that the administration decided to announce this 180 degree turn in policy the day before this hearing, and on the very same day that the president announced his reelection campaign."

Representative Sensenbrenner said he believes the move was a political ploy by President Obama looking to gain popularity but the Obama administration said pressure from Congress forced the change.

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