August 25th, 2009
05:31 PM ET
5 years ago

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. Eric

    He opposed McCain's calls for an end to torture methods used during terrorist suspect interrogations. What do you expect him to say. Someone should torture him and see how he likes it.

    August 25, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. Gloria

    It 's disgraceful??? What about the interrogations themselves?? Those actions don't seem to be bothering Republicans at all!!

    August 25, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. charlie in Maine

    'bulls**t' is as 'bulls**t' does.

    The Bush Administration broke the law. I am not surprised that they don't want to be investigated but they don't get to decide. So my message to this bozo and to Dick Cheney is "Go hike the Appalachian Trail with yourself".

    August 25, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. I am The Great and Powerful Wizard of Rush

    Rep. King speaks for the RebirtherTea Party:
    "We Torture, You Decide"

    August 25, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. keith

    Let me get this right, It's BS and disgraceful to hold people who may have broken the laws of the US ,and even the laws of humanity accountible. You want me to follow you to where?

    August 25, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. Lisa P

    Well, I guess Peter King is on the side of lawlessness and state tyranny. Hold government agents responsible for their actions? Ridiculous! At least when they are supporting my party's illegal policies and dangerously incompetent ex-President...

    I hope the people of Long Island remember this fool's hypocrisy come November 2010. America needs patriots who support the rule of law, not opportunists who figure anything goes as long as I wind up on top.

    August 25, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. Socialist

    Guess who also had something to hide and is getting nervous.......will we be hearing you name Mr. King?

    August 25, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Blake

    So examining violations of federal law (whether that law is just or not isn't the issue–its still THE LAW) is "bulls**t" and "disgraceful?"

    You heard it here folks–King is saying that just because a law exists doesn't mean it has to be followed.

    August 25, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. Stripe

    These are people who had no qualms about releasing the name of a covert CIA agent and the cover organization she worked purely for political reasons. They have a lot of nerve pretending that they care about the CIA. Whose side are they on? They should have all been strung up as traitors long ago. If you look in the dictionary under the word "hypocrite," Peter King's picture is right there.

    August 25, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. sarah

    Only a Republican would look at this as picking sides instead of adherence to the law of the land. Only a Republican!!!!!

    August 25, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Steve

    He's awesome!

    August 25, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. Kevin B

    What wrong with the GOP? they do not get that no one is above the law. There are things done in the name of americans that we do not done in our name.

    What happened to the integrity shown by republicans like, Eisenhower, Ford, Reagan or HW Bush. The present GOP is flirting with out right insanity and just because you say it is right, doesn't make it right

    The end does not always justify the means, Americans should not operate from the same doctrine that our enemies operate.

    August 25, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. Red

    And what exactly are these people so afraid of? If the interrogations were legit, they will be exonerated of wrong doing publicly. If not, our self imposed "moral police" status in the world scene will be reinforced to the world by showing everyone that we will not tolerate crooks in political office, looks like a win/win for everyone

    August 25, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. Scott

    Typical Republican, the ends justify the means.

    August 25, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. JD

    Oh sure, we can tell the rest of the world what to do yet we don't abide to the same set of rules... No wonder why after 8 years of a republican run white house the rest of the world hates us. When will people learn that we can't go it alone as a nation.

    August 25, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    I love how King says "You wonder which side they're on"....How about the side of human rights, which obviously, President bush and his administration were not. Now that's disgraceful and we should all be embarrassed about what went on during his term as OUR President. "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." – MLK Jr.

    August 25, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Brennan

    Listen here buddy! The way you're acting you dont deserve to be a Senator! Much less a Congressman.

    August 25, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Tim

    US citizens are against preventing terrorism but many frown on the CIA for bending the rules to get their job done. It seems people are too concerned about whether or not known terrorists are being read their Miranda rights to realize the importance of detaining and interrogating these individuals before their dangerous terrorist allies inflict further damage.

    August 25, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. Bill Sampson

    "You wonder which side they are on."

    Really, Mr. King? You really wonder that?

    This country is better than you. It doesn't hide its mistakes. It learns from them. It is transparent. It isn't afraid of the truth!

    You, Mr. King, are the disgrace. You have a big mouth and a small intellect. Common for a politician, I guess. But you are a particularly disgusting demagogue. And since you are thinking of running for governor, you need to get on television no matter how pathetic you seem.

    August 25, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. Rick in OP

    So the Liberals want to investigate the CIA?
    Are you sure you really want to do that?
    You know this is going to end up like it always has in the past, a debate on NATIONAL SECURITY. You Liberals remember that debate don’t you? You always lost the national security debate because deep down inside most Americans believe that Liberals lack the courage and conviction to defend the United States.
    You guys better be real careful, we are already hearing rumors the CIA Director Leon Panetta is not too happy with the Obama Administration’s decision to go after the CIA. If Panetta resigns in protest from the CIA, he could start telling the American people what an investigative witch-hunt would do to the ability of the intelligence services to defend this country. That will only reinforce the perception that the Liberals are soft on national security.

    August 25, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. pw soper

    King is RIGHT ON,,,,,,and OBAMA is Right off course to the LEFT or maybe on course to the left. Terrorists and terror suspects get whatever they have coming like it or not. Playing by the law is why Osama bin Laden was allowed to cARRy on and accomplish 911.

    Clinton saw it all as a LEGAL matter,,,and we got tragedy as a result.

    Obama is well on the path of making this a socialist country,,,,only in a socialist country could you run off the Pres and ceo of GM,,,,then give 4500 dollars out so to prop up the Japanese and Korean car makers sales.
    Obama is a NOVELTY president,,,only elected by color.

    August 25, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. Ant

    I don't care what King says it needs to be done I am sick and tired of politicians putting party before country.

    If they broke the law to jail with them PERIOD.

    August 25, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. Josh

    Its called checks and balance, it is what makes our country great. A government organization that goes unmonitored is dangerous, so weather its looking into their actions against suspected terrorists or thouroughly investigating where senators and congressmen recieve thier campaign donations from, these things are nessasary in order to keep those in authority just.

    August 25, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. Gerald

    Finally a person with the gonads to call a spade a spade.
    Thank you Peter

    August 25, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Barbara G

    Instead of trying to find falt with the Bush administration,which is no longer in effect, look into the dealings of the administration that is in now. As long as Obama is President they will always try to focus on Bush to get the heat off of him. Leave our CIA alone they are there to help the American people, and for what reason possible. Ob doesn't care, I wonder what his agenda is, it isn't the American people that is for sure.

    August 25, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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