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. Mike Dallas

    How very eloquent!

    President Obama and his adminstration are doing what he signed up to do and that is to "protect and enforce the Constitution"!

    The fact that republicans trampled it for the last 8 years should not be swept under the table and an honest look should be taken.

    Besides, if this is just "bullsh#t" what is the good little neo-con worried about?

    Anyone not guilty will not be prosecuted.

    "Methinks republicans doeth protest too much!"

    August 25, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. Jim

    I don't see that its a problem to look into the issue of torture. It doesn't mean anyone broke the law, but I think we should understand what went on and see if the law was broken. If we can spend $300 million investigating President Clinton, we can look into whether anyone broke the law in this case.

    August 25, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. totally neutral

    Anyone who supports the actions of these people are as guilty as the ones who performed them.
    It is disgusting to see the Third Reich actually elected into Congress.
    BULLS**T yourself you scum sucking pigs. You are a disgrace to humanity.

    August 25, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. chill

    So Peter. Given that we don't really know all that was done by interrogators over the past 8 years, are you saying there is no action they may have taken that you would consider heinous enough to merit punishment? That any action whatsoever carried out in the name of the United States would be lawful and acceptable? What's wrong with you? It's an INVESTIGATION. That's how we find out and act accordingly.

    August 25, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Joe E.

    You are disgraceful! You pompous horse's behind!

    August 25, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Laverne

    My, My aren't we testy??? You can always tell someones guilt when from their reactions. Mr. King it is people like you who are part of the problems in the US and not part of the solution. The things that come out of your mouth are foul most of the time. Disgusting!

    August 25, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. SV

    king's face looks like bullsh$#t...get off our face you rascal....cnn stop this nonsense of giving platform to lunatic fringe like this nut bag

    August 25, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. John Williams

    We are Americans. We aren't supposed to be the bad guys who use torture, regardless of the situaiton. The use of torture needs to stop immediately with the justification of these practices. We have been disgraced as a nation because of the Bush-Cheney years.

    August 25, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Nighthawk

    You people need to ask yourself how whould the terriost interrogate the Americans they get their hands on. You think the CIA did something wrong, BULLCRAP!. You don't know torture until an American gets in the hands of our enemies. Then you wouldn't ask these questions IF YOU DID. Get rid of the Democrats NOW. START IN 1010.

    August 25, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Danny in Chicago

    Love this! Just yesterday I read so many bloggers knocking down Democrats about their choice of language and then this smack hits the fan....LOL

    Pubs....you are never going to realize how much of a minority you really are....are you? You can put out all the misinformation you want – we've been setting you up for this for years now, and you are now in a trap that you can't get out of.... mark my words – the republican party is going the way of the WHIGS....

    August 25, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Sandra, Atlanta

    The Republicans are angry that someone is now enforcing the constitutional law and not the George W Bush & Dick Cheney version of the law.

    August 25, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. Drew Dubya

    Another noisy comment from this political opportunist? Well, maybe the rule of law means nothing to King and he really does think thuggery is a viable means to governance, but thank God Holder and Obama see it a bit differently. Let the investigation I PRAYED would be forthcoming begin!

    August 25, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Sandra, Atlanta

    Maybe Obama doesn't run the Justice Department like Bush did as an extension of his own version of the law.

    August 25, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Oh boo hoo

    Whose side was Bush's Administration on? The side of Big Oil? Look what mess they helped create in the middle class.

    August 25, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. midwest

    Which side is the Obama administration on? Looks to me like the correct side, Peter. Mr King you are the one who is a disgrace. There is no excuse for torture. What can you expect from republicans?

    August 25, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. Hey Hey, Ho Ho, the G O P has Got To Go...

    It's bulls**t that we try to hold people accountable. Dammit, why were laws created if they weren't supposed to be broken? How dare we enforce laws. Next time your arrested, tell the cop it's bulls**t. We don't enforce laws in this country anymore. This is America, we are the best and nothing we ever do is against the law. Anyone who thinks differently is a traitor or a terrorist.

    August 25, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. Randolph Carter the looney liberal moonbat

    Come on, King. Tell us how you really feel. Have a nice day!

    August 25, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. Jeremy

    Right on... that's cause it is B******t. And we ARE starting to wonder who's on who's side. This is a political maneuver period. Anyone who thinks the timing isn't suspect is a blind fool. Throwing American security under the bus for political gains?! My where has my country gone......

    August 25, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. D. Sol

    Seems like a lot of what the GWB admin implemented amounts to BS, and the only people upset about it are the people that were ok with Orweillian tactics by that administration. Talk about BS, torturing another person is complete BS, not just for the US, but internationally. But I guess some people don't think the law applies to them. In fact, even John McCain, a republican, overwhelming agreed that torture does not work, and only coherces a person to say whatever they can to stop the torture from continuning. But I see that no one said that was BS, since a fellow republican who was a POW stated that fact.

    There is a such of a thing known as "right" and "wrong", "legal" and "illegal", and there has been no credible evidence at all that those episodes of torture produced any valuable information that they didn't already receive otherwise.

    August 25, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. James Napoli

    I guess King thinks that every individual at the CIA is above the law. They can do anything they want and are never to be investigagted or held accountalbe. Hey isn't that the Cheney Doctirne ? What nonsense.

    August 25, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Buffalo Bill

    Rep. King nails it! Folks in the USA gotta understand that this little democracy/freedom thing we got going on here ain't easy to maintain. There are some bad "dudes" out there, and while extending them Miranda rights may seem "noble & humane" to the "progressives" it is in fact irresponsible & misguided, at the very least!

    August 25, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. jeff Clemetson

    What side is he on? How about the side of THE LAW. If no laws were broken, then Cheney and the rest would have nothing to fear. I'm afraid that if we don't prosecute these acts, then we'll become who we're fighting against – terrorists; the kind that torture and disregard international law and basic human rights.

    August 25, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. chelle

    So in other words the Republicans don't think wrong is wrong – it's only wrong if the other guy is doing it. As long as it "protects" the US – torture is okay. If the enemy uses it, then it is a war crime. Well isn't that just peachy. And you wonder why the world turns a deaf ear to the US now??? Why would they listen to the hypocritical scarpings of America?

    August 25, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. CR

    This nation is supposed to be commited to the rule of law. For all of the posturing theright wing does at Supreme Court confirmations regarding the sanctity of the Constitution, when it matters they're trampling all over it. Hypocrites!

    August 25, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Reagan was wrong

    Peter King, like Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney, etc., subscribes to the idea that laws do not apply to Republicans.

    August 25, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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