Republicans blast White House for New York trial of al Qaeda spokesman

“Gitmo, a naval vessel, Guam, anywhere other than New York, and anything other than a civilian trial. Safety is one issue, convenience to otherwise innocent people who live and work near the U.S. district court,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told Fox’s Greta Van Susteren.

Gowdy said a military tribunal would offer distinct advantages over a civilian jury trial, namely that military courts are made up of military officers and don’t require unanimous jury verdicts for conviction.

But Gowdy said his bigger concern is the difference in the discovery process between military and civilian courts.

In a federal court, Abu Ghaith could gain insights into the sources of methods of classified operations by demanding a thorough accounting of the evidence in discovery, Gowdy said.