Carney: ‘Entire National Security Team’ Backs Decision To Not Treat Suspect As Enemy Combatant

After saying emphatically that trying Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a federal civilian court is the only option because the 19-year-old bombing suspect is a U.S. citizen, White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday added that President Barack Obama’s inner-circle has his back on the decision.

“The entire national security team is in agreement on this approach,” Carney said during a press briefing, after noting that it’s a “matter that’s decided by the Department of Justice.”

Republicans, notably Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and John McCain (R-AZ), have argued that Tsarnaev should be treated as an enemy combatant. 

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