Senators push legislation to pull funding for civilian 9/11 trial

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Several senators announced legislation Tuesday that would cut off funding for the federal trial of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four accused accomplices, saying the five should be tried in a military court.

The bill would withhold funding from the Department of Justice to prosecute the five in civilian court, a plan that has recently been criticized.

President Obama believes the trial should take place in a criminal court instead of before a military commission, which is planned for some terrorism suspects, David Axelrod, senior adviser to Obama, and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said earlier this week.

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