CHARLESTON, S.C. — 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.

Graham says possible terrorist ties should be the government’s focus, not a domestic trial that could take years to complete.

Being held as an enemy combatant would mean that Rahami would not have the right to remain silent and would deprive him of a right to an attorney.

There were injuries, but no deaths, when bombs exploded in New York and New Jersey.