WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder is apologizing for failing to send the Senate Judiciary Committee Supreme Court briefs he signed regarding the case of convicted terrorism plotter Jose Padilla.
In a letter to Republican Sens. Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Jon Kyl of Arizona, the attorney general said Friday that the omissions were inadvertent.
The two senators say that as attorney general, Holder has minimized and understated risks of putting terrorism cases in the civilian criminal justice system, while Holder acknowledges the danger in the Padilla briefs. In his letter, Holder says that he focused at great length in the Padilla briefs on the broad power of the civilian system of justice in dealing with terrorist threats.