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Dear Friend,

I Have One Question For the President: Upon What Legal Authority Can He Transfer Guantanamo Detainees to the United States?

Earlier this week, President Obama released his proposed plan to close Guantanamo Bay and transfer detainees to the United States. Pursuant to law he signed just three months ago, the President is prohibited from transferring or assisting in the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States homeland, as confirmed by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Regardless of this futile proposal, transferring detainees to the U.S. is illegal, and it’s rejected by Coloradans, top Colorado law enforcement officials, and Americans across the country. The President's proposal only signals that he may be willing to once again circumvent Congress and ignore the very law he approved in order to fulfill his campaign promises. This represents a grave threat to Colorado and our national security and I will take any and all action as a United States Senator to ensure Guantanamo Bay detainees remain in Cuba and out of Colorado.

I joined MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports, MSNBC's Morning Joe, and FOX News to express my strong opposition to the Obama Administration's newly released 9 page proposal.

Meetings in Washington

I met with Colorado 9-1-1 personnel John, Charlie, Cindy, and Bruce at the 13th Annual 9-1-1 Honor Awards reception where I presented Cindy Link, a 9-1-1 dispatcher at the Teller County Sheriff’s Office, the 9-1-1 Public Safety Leader Award. Recently, Cindy's calm demeanor and quick thinking saved a man's life as she coached his wife over the phone to perform CPR. Cindy has dedicated the last 14 years to helping others as a dispatcher and it was an honor to recognize her devotion to public service.


It was great meeting with county commissioners visiting from Colorado. We had a thoughtful discussion on the importance of rural broadband, infrastructure development, and the EPA's harmful "Waters of the United States" rule.


I had the chance to answer questions from a group of enthusiastic students from Woodland Park High School who traveled to Washington as part of the Close Up Foundation.


I spoke with Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, about threats the U.S. faces in the Asia-Pacific region. Admiral Harris has a comprehensive understanding of this volatile region, and I am grateful for his insight on emerging threats in the Pacific. I am committed to providing our military with the resources they need to operate across the globe.


Thank you for taking the time to read my weekly update. If I can be of any assistance to you, please contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-5941.




Cory Gardner

United States Senator