BREAKING: Government Purchases Illinois Prison; Lawmaker Believes It Will Lead to Transfer of Gitmo Detainees
Fox News Channel has confirmed that the federal government completed the purchase of Thomson Correctional Center in western Illinois, which Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) believes will pave the way for Guantanamo Bay terror suspects to be transferred to U.S. soil.
Wolf has held up the sale of the prison for years,
though the Obama administration insists it is not the target facility for the transfer of Gitmo detainees. Wolf chairs a House subcommittee that oversees the Bureau of Prisons.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced the purchase Tuesday, saying the $165 million will come from the Justice Department. The move cuts Congress out of the decision-making process.
Congressman Wolf talked to Alisyn Camerota on America Live shortly after the news broke. He believes it is "illegal" for the administration to go through with the purchase without approval from Congress.
He said the administration plans to move Gitmo detainees to the Supermax prison in Colorado, and transfer some of the current Supermax inmates to Illinois.
Watch the interview here: