WASHINGTON (CNN) - There’s nothing new in the interrogation memos whose release has stirred controversy, senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett told CNN Sunday.
The CIA memos described waterboarding and other tough interrogation methods on alleged al Qaeda leader Abu Zubaydah.
Jarrett said the United States is “a nation of laws,” and the administration had a legal requirement to release the documents.
"The techniques that were being used by the prior administration were well known," she told John King on State of the Union. "When the president came in office, he said we're not going to use those techniques anymore. That's not who we are as a country."
“There’s nothing in these documents that Americans hadn't seen all over the news,” she said, adding that Obama said it was time to release them and “move forward.”
But the president is leaving any prosecution decisions up to the attorney general, she added.