August 25th, 2009
05:31 PM ET
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Republican calls Holder decision 'bulls**t'

King is against Holder's decision.
King is against Holder's decision.

(CNN) – Peter King, the New York congressman likely to challenge Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2010, is blasting the Obama administration's decision to investigate Bush-era CIA interrogations.

"It's bullsh*t. It's disgraceful. You wonder which side they're on," the Long Island Republican told Politico Tuesday.

On Monday, Attorney Gen. Eric Holder asked federal prosecutor John Durham to examine whether CIA interrogations of suspected terrorists were illegal in the months and years after the September 11 attacks.

Holder said he decided to expand Durham's mandate after examining reports from the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility as well as a classified version of the 2004 CIA inspector general's report into questionable interrogation techniques, among other documents."


King is the ranking Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee and a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence. His comments are significantly more critical than those of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, who called the decision "poor and misguided."

The White House said Tuesday that President Obama supported Holder's decision.

"It's a total breach of faith, and either the president is intentionally caving to the left wing of his party or he's lost control of his administration," King said Tuesday.


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soundoff (314 Responses)
  1. RIDOSWORLD

    Go ahead and investigate all you want. Nancy Pelosi did a FANTASTIC job talking about the CIA last time this came up.

    August 25, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. MIKE FROM HOUSTON

    The CIA should have questioned the terriorist at a voting station on Election Day. Its ok to have a deadly weapon there and not get charged.

    August 25, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Independent

    Boy it sounds like some folks are really afraid of the past

    August 25, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. irwin

    I love it when Repubs go haywire! It's so phony! It's really simple. No one is above (or outside) the law. Does King really think this activity makes us safer! It's pure politics. The key to this inquiry whether OBLY those who committed these outrages pay the price, or those who ordered it, allowed it, etc also pay a price. That's where we see what this country truly stands for!

    August 25, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. Cynthia

    Yeah right , Congressman King!!!!!

    August 25, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. JDB in EC

    More Repiglican manure!!!! How un-American!!! The radical right wing is the same no matter where they are or who they are. If Peter wants to be like Al Qaeda he should go live with them.

    August 25, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Todd in OKC

    Yes, what could be more than disgraceful than upholding the rule of law?

    August 25, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. SamSunny

    Peter King thinks breaking the law is bull....!. Interesting! I thought our whole premise as a country was a nation of laws. If we can just throw laws to the side when we disagree with them, and then go without investigating these illegalities, we are going to be in deep do-do.

    August 25, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. kd

    This King guy sounds very dangerous.

    Or very, very stupid.

    Probably both.

    August 25, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. JS

    Yeah, he's right, We should just throw our sense of right vs. wrong straight out the window... right Mr. King?

    August 25, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. truthsayer

    "I want a lawyer" can be heard all over capitol hill

    August 25, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. Independent Again

    Good luck getting other countries to cooperate with us and share any intel that might save American lives. Why would any country want to be caught up in this lunacy.

    August 25, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. montag24

    The only thing that's disgraceful is Peter King and all the other Republicans who obstruct justice, champion torture, and relish illegal, immoral wars.

    Shame on all of them.

    August 25, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. m jeff

    All criminal acts has to be investagated, whether they are guilty or not that's another story.

    August 25, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. Hawaii-5-0

    I voted for Obama but do not agree with him here. I think they should have taken it further, you are either my friend or my foe! No one plays fair but us americans and we are killing ourself by making all these rules. Dam shame. I am happy more ppl are thaking this side.

    August 25, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. Dave

    "You wonder which side they're on"

    Yep Mr. King, were all wondering the same thing.....

    August 25, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. Kitchen Police

    My question to you Mr. King is what side are you on? Obviously not law and order.

    August 25, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Brad

    Yeah! BS! Why on earth would we want to make sure our government was following the rules? What the hell is this anyway, a nation of laws?

    August 25, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. joe g

    peter king is a disgrace. i cant believe he gets elected...he is an embarasment to our country.

    August 25, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. HUHUHUHUHUH

    SO... he favors selective enforcement of the law, and amnesty. He is soft on crime by that measure, and it sounds like he is against American values and is slandering our Founding Fathers.

    August 25, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    AMEN!! Call it what it is!

    God bless the CIA. You guys are the best.

    August 25, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. itbeme

    You wonder which side they're on," the Long Island Republican told Politico Tuesday...

    Hopefully, not the side of the repukes that got us into a needless, endless war where we've lost over 4000 lives of US troops.

    August 25, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. mypitts2

    Yes, investigating possible illegal activity is a disgrace. One wonders why we employ police departments and bureaus of investigation into trying to solve crimes. What a disgraceful waste of time and money.

    August 25, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Respect the honor of those who have died – Indict the pols that sent them there

    August 25, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Anne E.

    What King calls AG Holder's decision is a perfect description - of the GOP, that is.

    August 25, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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