Henry to Earnest: How Will You Keep Freed Gitmo Detainees Out of Yemen?
Ed Henry challenged White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on the administration's latest five transfers from Guantanamo Bay.
He pressed Earnest on how the president could sign off on sending four of the five Yemeni men to neighboring Oman right after the Paris terror attack, which al Qaeda in Yemen claimed to have directed.
All five suspects are said to have past ties to al Qaeda, including two who are suspected of working under Usama bin Laden.
Henry specifically asked how the U.S. is going to make sure the men don't slip out of Oman into Yemen.
Earnest promised that steps would be taken to "significantly mitigate" the threat posed by the former detainees, prompting Henry to ask for specifics.
"The fact of the matter is the success of some of those strategies is predicated on us not making those strategies public," said Earnest, adding that the U.S. has had "extensive consultation" with the governments involved.
(Watch the back-and-forth above, along with an interview with Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) on "America's Newsroom.")
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) went "On the Record" last night, just days after she helped introduce legislation to restrict the president's ability to release Gitmo detainees.
Ayotte noted that Said Kouachi, one of the Charlie Hebdo attackers, went to Oman before crossing into Yemen to train with al Qaeda.
Ayotte stressed that the men are not being "transferred," they're being released, with Oman promising the Obama administration that it will keep an eye on them.
Ayotte said she has "no idea" why the releases would come right after the Paris terror attacks.
"They have been periodically releasing people since the election, in fact. Fifteen in December and they seem to be doubling down on the president’s campaign promise to close Gitmo, so the timing couldn’t be worse in light of also the connection with Yemen and Oman being so close to Yemen. It really makes no sense," said Ayotte.
Ayotte said the administration still hasn't committed to a provision in the bill that specifically bans the release of detainees to Yemen.
Watch the interview below, along with a report from Ed Henry.