PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The attorneys for a teenage defendant accused of hatching a plot to detonate a bomb in Portland have asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to stop issuing comments on the case.

The attorneys for Mohamed O. Mohamud have asked U.S. Magistrate Judge John V. Acosta to stop Holder from making public comments because they say the comments violate Mohamud's right to due process and pollute the jury pool.

But the Justice Department says comments made by Holder on Nov. 29 and Dec. 10 are appropriate and they will respond to the motion in court.

Mohamud was accused of trying to detonate what he thought was a bomb on Nov. 26 as part of an FBI sting. Mohamud has pleaded not guilty to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

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