Dems hint they would let Obama unilaterally close Gitmo


Senate Democrats suggested this week they would support President Obama using executive action to unilaterally close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, despite Congress recently passing a bill that essentially prohibits him from shuttering the facility.

While no one has gone so far as to openly encourage the president to close the controversial military prison through an executive order, senior Senate Democrats are opening the door to that possibility.

"I think there reaches a point where Congress is just being stubborn. They are just opposing everything he suggests, and he has to make decisions in the best interests of the country, and I think closing Guantanamo is one of them," Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., told the Washington Post this week, deferring to Obama's authority as a "constitutional scholar" to find a legal path to close Gitmo.