April 22nd, 2009
05:21 PM ET
5 years ago

Clinton mocks Cheney demand

(CNN) –In the latest sign that the war of words between the Obama administration and Dick Cheney isn't letting up, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday mocked the former vice president's call to release additional classified CIA documents.

As Clinton made her first appearance before Congress as the nation's top diplomat, California Republican Dana Rohrbacher asked if the administration planned to heed Cheney's call to release documents showing information gained as a result of the Bush administration's aggressive interrogation techniques.

"Well, it won't surprise you that I don't consider him to be a particularly reliable source of information," Clinton said, to laughter from many in the committee room.

Rohrbacher quickly hit back, saying, "Dick Cheney has asked for specific documents to be unclassified. We are not asking for your opinion of Dick Cheney. … If you want to maintain your credibility with us, what is your opinion on the release of those documents?"

Clinton ultimately did not answer the question, saying, "I believe we ought to get to the bottom of this entire matter. I think it's in the best interest of our country, and that is what the president believes, and that is why he has taken the actions he has."

Cheney told FOX News on Monday that the Obama administration should release classified documents revealing the results of aggressive interrogation techniques, so a more "honest debate" can take place about the efficacy of the practices.

"I know specifically of reports that I read, that I saw, that lay out what we learned through the interrogation process and what the consequences were for the country," Cheney told FOX. "I've now formally asked the CIA to take steps to declassify those memos so we can lay them out there, and the American people have a chance to see what we obtained and what we learned and how good the intelligence was."

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Annie

    Cheney is just another Republican who thought he was royalty. Twit!

    April 22, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Candy West Virginia

    Go get him Clinton, btw why isn't bush and cheyney in prison already???

    April 22, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. EllieBelle

    What a mess Cheney and Bush are....worthless!

    April 22, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Casse

    Cheney is the most manipulative individual to be in the white house. He is a disgrace to our country. I wouldn't trust a single thing he has to say at all.

    April 22, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. kd

    Cheney is nothing but a liar. He's now one of those twisted liars who actually starts to believe the lies he made up.

    April 22, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Enlightened Voter

    I love to hear the republicans defending gwb and cheyney. Forget that they LIED to us about the reasons for starting a war, engaged in illegal practices of eavesdropping, defied the Geneva Convention, made us hated by the world, bankrupted this economy and 911 happened on their watch. They, the rethugs want you to forget all that and they want to talk about how President Obama shook hands with Chavez. They really need to stop listening to thrush limpaugh, hannity and coulter and the clueless pathological liar (palin).

    April 22, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Huh??

    Uhhhh...so first the Republicans say they didn't torture anyone & now they say provide the evidence that their torture worked???


    April 22, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. John Christensen

    Dick, you need to crawl back under the rock that W found you under and go slowly into that good night.

    April 22, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Will Skou

    And this is from the guy who claimed he wasn't required to release information to Congress because the Vice President isn't really a part of the Executive branch but in actuality in the Legislative branch. Real credible.

    April 22, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. mtv

    How about filing Charges against Cheney...........I'm sure if we looked we can find some to drum up on this creep

    April 22, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. Marydoe

    According to Dick, he has "asked the CIA..." who the hell is he to ask the CIA for anything? Indeed, Dick, crawl back under that rock. Where was this information when your party needed it last fall? Huh? And why did your candidate oppose torture?

    April 22, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. jaye

    Give 'em hell, Hillary.

    April 22, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. obama/mama

    Will it really make a difference about how well the torture work if it was not legal?

    April 22, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. harris

    Why doesn't Dick Cheney just go away. Please. He is a torn in our sides. No one cares what he has to say. He is warmonger.

    April 22, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. gsmraleigh

    I think Cheney should say it this way: release classified documents revealing the results of torture committed by the U.S., so a more "honest debate" can take place about the efficacy of the practices.

    Now, that would be an honest debate instead of one that has sanitized what we did with words like: Aggressive Interrogation Techniques.

    And, why weren't those documents released by the Bush/Cheney adminsitration???

    April 22, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. obama/mama

    It's as if saying you murdered someone because they were a terrible person.

    April 22, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. independent2

    When the interagation problems came out, why didn't he declassify them then. Now he wants them declassified. I am very tired of Dick Cheney and his opinion.

    April 22, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. tim

    If Cheney wants to change things, he should run for President of the United States. Im sure that would be a solid win!

    Faux News gives this man a box to stand on and hurl his hateful rhetoric... why does CNN give him the time of day? Is CNN moving towards the right?

    April 22, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Allen Biron

    Cheney is a liar who should be put in jail for life.

    April 22, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I don't understand how he justifies torture when the "LEGAL" interrogation techniques were never used. How did he know that the Army Field Manual techniques would have not worked? He doesn't!!!

    April 22, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. Chris

    That figures. Good comeback by Rohrbacher.

    April 22, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. Tomar

    Why do we pretend to care what Cheney thinks? He and his administration got us into this mess to start with and did absolutely nothing to head it off. He has nothing to offer other than making Haliburton and himself rich at our expense. He should be jailed for cheating and helping Bush run a monarcial system the past 8 years.

    April 22, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. wheelan for congress (IL-5)

    i love this woman.


    April 22, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. Brian

    Yes, funny how when he was in the administration it was all about "we don't have to release this information". Yet now he wants it released. Is he so scared of being prosecuted that he's trying to build a case for justifying his actions based on the "results"?

    April 22, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. Dave

    Of course she will not answer the question. It undermines the Demigods process. The techniques used saved American lives and the Demigods cannot let that get out.
    People need to be prepared to defend their homes when the current administration reduces this countries intelligence gathering to reading the National Enquirer.

    April 22, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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