Andrew McCarthy: ‘Suspicious,’ ‘Highly Political’ for Obama’s DOJ Not to Seek Death Penalty for Leading Benghazi Militant

: A Federal Facilities Protection Service K9 and handler inspect the vehicles parked outside Prettyman Federal Court House where Ahmed Abu Khattala, one of the suspected ringleaders of the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, had a pretrial detention hearing July 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. Abu Khattala was seized June …
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Andrew McCarthy, former Assistant U.S. Attorney and senior fellow at National Review, tells Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Stephen K. Bannon: “You’re right to be suspicious and to think this is highly political, because I sure do” in referring to Obama’s Justice Department deciding to not seek the death penalty for Ahmed Abu Khattala for the Benghazi attack.

The Justice Department made the announcement yesterday.

The Justice Department will not seek the death penalty against Ahmed Abu Khattala, the suspected Libyan militant charged in the Benghazi attacks that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, federal officials announced Tuesday.

The department revealed its decision, which pushes the case forward toward trial, in a brief court filing that offered no additional explanation.

“He is a textbook case for the death penalty,” McCarthy went on. “He’s a main player in the Benghazi attack, even according to their indictment.”

McCarthy has been critical of the indictment in the past, saying today:

I think it’s a very political indictment that tries to track the Obama administration version of events of what happened in Benghazi. So, if you look at the indictment it would suggest that nothing of importance happened until about 9:45 that night and it paints this guy Khattala as one of the main coordinators of the militias that they continue to say in the indictment are involved in the attack. They don’t want to say the words Al Qaeda because if you remember at the time, it was the stretch run of the 2012 election when Obama had said he eliminated Al Qaeda.

“They’re very careful in the indictment to talk about Islamic extremist militias,” he went on, but they don’t want to say the ‘Q’ word,” meaning Al Qaeda.

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