Sen. Graham wants bombing suspect held as enemy combatant

Lindsey Graham
FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. speaks in Orlando, Fla. The Paris attacks have given new impetus to a bipartisan push to approve new war powers to fight Islamic State militants while also underscoring the unwillingness of many in Congress to cast the first war vote in 13 years. Graham said Nov. 18, that he plans to introduce, after the Thanksgiving recess, a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force, or AUMF, against IS militants responsible for last week’s bombings that killed 129 in Paris. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says the suspect charged in the New York and New Jersey bombings should be held as an enemy combatant.

The South Carolina Republican issued a statement Monday saying that keeping Ahmad Khan Rahami in custody as a combatant would allow officials to gather more intelligence and determine whether he has ties to terrorist groups.

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