December 9th, 2007
05:05 PM ET
12 years ago

Biden calls for Special Counsel to investigate CIA

Joe Biden says the Justice Department needs to appoint a Special Counsel.

(CNN)–Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, says the Justice Department needs to go further than it has, by calling for the appointment of Special Counsel to investigate the CIA's destruction of videotapes that included the interrogation of terrorism suspects.

“Under federal law, the Attorney General may appoint a Special Counsel to prosecute matters when he or she determines that an investigation by the Department itself would present a conflict of interest, or there are other extraordinary circumstances and it would be in the public interest to do so. I believe these conditions are met," the Democratic presidential hopeful said in a news release Sunday.

“This is a White House that has sanctioned and pushed for the kind of interrogation techniques captured on those video tapes," Biden said. "This is a White House that was informed of the CIA’s desire to destroy those tapes. Thus, it is possible this investigation could lead to the White House."

On Saturday, a Department of Justice official announced the Justice Department and CIA will do a preliminary inquiry into the spy agency's destruction of videotapes taken during interrogations of two al Qaeda suspects.

The announcement was made in a letter from Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Wainstein to the CIA's acting general counsel, John Rizzo. Wainstein said the purpose of the probe will be to determine "whether further investigation is warranted."

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soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Jean, Seattle, WA

    Yes, of course, appoint a special counsel. Nothing will happen without it. This will lay the groundwork for criminal prosecutions once this administration is out of office.

    Do I believe this is anything more than grandstanding on Sen. Biden's part? No, but a special counsel is still the way to go.

    December 11, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. Derrol, New York City, New York

    It makes me sad to read all these comments. To be honest, the difference of opinion I'm seeing does not seem to fit the word United. United in what? Military? Is that it? The United States should be two seperate countries, maybe even three and it should have been that way a long time ago. Not patriotic? Nope.

    December 11, 2007 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. Mia, Bedford, NH

    Tax & Spend or Borrow & Spend,
    which is worse?

    The Credit Card Republicans have been running
    our country on debt and deficits for the
    last 6 or 7 years.

    9 Billion borrowed American deficit tax dollars
    vanished without a trace in Iraq
    , but
    suddenly the neo-cons are all worried about
    the cost of an investigation?

    It's not about sex.

    December 11, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. Travis Medford,Oregon

    Biden once again proves he is the best candidate for President. Biden is the voice of reason and intelligence.

    December 11, 2007 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
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