April 22nd, 2009
06:21 PM ET
11 years ago

'No one is above the law,' Holder says of torture inquiry

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/04/22/torture.prosecution/art.holder.gi.jpg caption="Some groups want Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the issue."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that he would "follow the law" as he weighed potential prosecutions of Bush administration officials who authorized controversial harsh interrogation techniques.

In Holder's first public comments on the issue since President Obama's statements on the matter Tuesday, the attorney general responded to questions briefly and cautiously.

"We are going to follow the evidence, follow the law and take that where it leads. No one is above the law," Holder said at an Earth Day event.

Some human rights groups have demanded that Holder appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the matter, but the attorney general appears to be in no hurry to decide how to proceed.

Obama said Tuesday that the attorney general would ultimately decide whether to proceed with prosecutions of those in the Bush administration who drew up the legal basis for aggressive interrogation techniques.

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