Attorney General Sessions: Truck attacker will face justice

- U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is promising to stay tough on terrorism. In a pre-planned visit to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Lower Manhattan, Sessions called Tuesday's attack in Tribeca a reminder of threats from terrorists.

"We are going to bring anyone that was involved in that, the perpetrator to justice," he said.

Sessions seemed to rebut comments from President Donald Trump about how the justice system handles terror suspects.

"We need quick justice and we need strong justice--much quicker and much stronger than we have right now," Trump said this week, "because what we have right now is a joke and it's a laughing stock and no wonder so much of this stuff takes place."

But Sessions touted that system and promised justice for the attacker.

"If anyone has any doubt about it, they can ask the more than 500 criminals whom the Department of Justice has convicted of terrorism-related offenses since 9/11," Sessions said.

Trump also addressed possible punishment for the attacker in Tuesday's truck attack on the West Side Highway. On Twitter, he twice called for the death penalty. On Wednesday, he said he would consider sending him to the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

No one arrested on U.S. soil has ever been sent to Guantanamo. And the president himself tweeted Thursday that the process is too lengthy.

The attorney general reiterated that the prison in Cuba is an option in fighting terror.

"Terrorists should know this--this administration will use all lawful tools at our disposal including prosecution in Article 3 courts or at Guantanamo Bay," Sessions said.

At Thursday's White House press briefing, national security adviser H.R. McMaster was asked about the president's death penalty tweets and whether or not that could complicate the case against the attacker.

"What he's asked for is options to take a look and assess," McMaster said. "If our tremendous law enforcement teams and our judicial system has the tools they need to combat this threat to the American people."

Sessions also said he agrees with the president that the diversity immigrant visa lottery program, under which the suspect entered the country in 2010, should be ended. He also praised the work of federal investigators who are pursuing terror probes in all 50 states.

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