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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  1. Laurie

    They are on the side of American values. Whose side are you on????

    August 25, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. James Balster

    I disagree that probes of the CIA are wrong or distasteful. The CIA is on of the highest police type agency in this Country, if they are not obliged to follow the laws of this great land then why should any other person in this land be held acountable for anything. Our government under the Bush administration violated not only foreigners rights but thousands if not millions of honest law abiding americans rights. Enough is enough. The past administration are the ones who need to be investigated and prosecuted.

    August 25, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Billy J Texas

    I wish they wouldn't do it. Not because it is in any way right morally or effective to get 'real' intel instead of whatever they want the suspect to say. But because they will never tie to Cheney. They will leave it at guys at the CIA that were following orders and got carried away. Exactly like Abu Grahib. That is bad for morale at the CIA. They made a point to clear all this stuff, because they KNEW the political winds would change. They KNEW what they were doing was outside acceptable techniques, but were told it was 'OK' and that they were expected to do it. Especially if they could these guys to tie Al Queada to Iraq.

    Cheney won't get hurt, they will just burn the CIA grunts. If there is no real justice, then it is not worth dragging us all through the mud on the way there.

    August 25, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Lee

    What are the republicans suggesting, that our constitution should be set aside for government employees? That our laws are not good enough for the law enforcement community? I am confused, why I thought that all claims of law violations must be investigated fully and dismissed or enforced, or is that only if you are a citizen!

    August 25, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. Jonathan

    this is ridiculous. are these GOPs serious... yeah lets not look into possible war crimes that are as serious as WWII crimes committed by Japan and Italy (no I will not compare them to the Nazi's) just because they are in the past and it would hurt moral at the CIA. That is bulls**t! We can not ignore the fact that several prisoners DIED while in our custody during their "enhanced interrogations" and that their actions fly in the face of everything that is American. The sad part is we are not going after the real criminals Cheney, Rumsfield, and Gonzales.

    August 25, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Melissa

    Yes, because we all know its bad to make people pay for their crimes whether they are government or not. Sorry, I'm not buying. You do the crime, you do the time, even if you are President of the United States.

    August 25, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. KEL

    Rep King

    If you break the law you go to jail what is so hard about that or do you pick and choose what law we will obey.

    August 25, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. fellow from chicago

    Yes Congressman, it's bull. If Roosevelt and Truman had requested investigations during WWII we would now be speaking German with our second language Japanese. We don't live in la-la land where everywhere there's love, peace, and harmony. Sorry, but I like gas in my car, good food on my plate, decent clothes on my back, private health insurance I'm happy with, and a good education for my kids and grandkids. How it's otained and maintained I don't want to know. That's the hard cold facts of life on this planet. Hats off to the brave men and women of the CIA and the other organizations who fight, lie, and die for me and my fellow countrymen.

    August 25, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. Expat American

    There we go. That’s the good stuff. That's what we like to hear from the GOP.

    The whole "You're either with us or against us" rhetoric again; the dollar-store Palin mob eats up that rhetoric. It's easier to hate through fear than learn through education.

    August 25, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. Matt

    Another empty headed big mouth republican. Who's side are "they" on? –why the right side which should be the only side there is or get out of politics.

    August 25, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. TangledThorns

    The Obama WH is allowing this political witch hunt to appease the Left who are dismayed over the lost health care debate.

    August 25, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. Dems hate USA

    I don't wonder what side they're on at all. Does anyone doubt that the Democrats celebrated when Libya got its terrorist back? All of Obama’s and Schumer's “outrage” was feigned and completely disingenuous!

    Get a clue America – Democrats HATE the United States!

    August 25, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Dirk Boyd

    Obama and Holder are both guilty of treason for this! Obama should be impeached and Holder locked up at guantanamo.What an absolute outrage! So far Obama has given trillions to bankers and auto makers,destroyed any future hope for our long term economic outlook tried to socialize healthcare and now this? Hes a total joke.Im not a republican and I dont like Bush...but these guys are far,far worse....Hows that hope and change workin out for ya?

    August 25, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Kevin B

    What ever happened to the integrity shown by republicans like, Eisenhower, Ford, Reagan, HW Bush even Nixon.

    The present GOP is flirting with out right insanity and just because they 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.

    Our fundamental principles are supposed to be better or used to be until these right wing neanderthals acsended in 2000 and thank god they are no longer in control of the levers of national power.

    August 25, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. Nick Iascone

    Peter King was being nice about it. I don't want to fill the comments with expletives, so I'll not add any more words.

    August 25, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Greg

    Because we are the 'good' guys, we don't threaten suspected terrorists' families, or hold a drill up to them and squeeze the trigger, or splash water on their towel covered faces to simulate drowning them?!? Come on America, the terrorists aren't playing by the same rules as humanity, so why should we? Can Obama, or even McCain, honestly say that we do anything close to the pain the terrorists would inflict given the chance? Where does the Geneva Convention come into play where they are concerned? Pear Harbor... 9/11... need I say more?!?

    August 25, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Terry from Texas

    The truth, whatever it may be, is preferable to blinders or rose-tinted lenses. If we - meaning all American voters - have failed to restrain our government from doing things we would disapprove of, then we must know it. We can then encourage our representatives to take appropriate action in response to whatever we discover.

    I would rather have our enemies learn the truth about us than for Americans to remain in ignorance of it. It is more important that I - a voter and citizen - learn what the truth is than that Osama Bin Laden remain in ignorance of it.

    Who can say otherwise?

    August 25, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. amberly

    King – If America goes around ignoring lawbreakers, America might as well not exist.

    August 25, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. PaulC

    The right wing nutjobs don't want anyone to question or even look at any of the lies and dirty tricks they pulled during the reign of Bush the Second.
    Unfortunately, they will get their wish because absolutely nothing will be done about any of their underhanded shenanigans.

    August 25, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. Realistic

    Once again the republicans are the ones whose proven to all Americans that they do not believe in the rule of law. The Bush/Cheney administration believed they were above the law and they could disregard the law. This is why the republicans are yelling from the mountain top because what MIGHT be discovered might be that they broke the law. There is only one to find the truth and that is to investigate the allegations and if laws were broken, we as Americans need to know.
    The next big question is, if laws were broken who gets prosecuted? Do we start from the top and go all the way down to those who performed the alleged crime? How far are we willing to go with this?

    August 25, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Jan -Buffalo n.y.

    If there were crimes commited or unlawful goings-on, it is the responsibility of the AG to investigate. Where should we draw the line on what should be investigated inside our gavernment?

    August 25, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Don

    Mr Obama, please step down!

    August 25, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. Jeff in Virginia

    what bearing does this know-nothing idiot have on this situation?

    fear and lies, it's all the republicans have got.

    August 25, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. Susan in Arkansas

    Congressman King, go and wash your mouth out with soap...lots of it. No one is above the law, including those wonderful elected officials who got this country into an unnecessary war because they wanted all of that middle east oil. Did we ever find out just who attended those secret "energy" meetings Cheney held after the first Bush election? You pseudo-patriots, who think Cheney was some kind of savior of this country, need to spend less time at the movies and more time reading the law.

    August 25, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. Bob H

    What is disgraceful is that the bush administration committed heinous war crimes for years. Investigating them is patriotic. I fully support prosecutions and hope they head to the top – to the monsters who set this policy.

    August 25, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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