April 23rd, 2009
06:32 PM ET
13 years ago

Pelosi, Reid part ways on torture panel

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/12/art.getty.reid.closeup.jpg caption=" Reid's position is at odds with Pelosi's."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The two top Democrats in the House and Senate have different views on whether Congress should establish a special "truth commission" to investigate controversial Bush administration policies regarding the use of harsh interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters Thursday he wants an ongoing probe by the Senate Intelligence Committee to wrap up before a decision is made whether an independent investigation - likely made up of individuals outside of Congress - is warranted. That go-slow approach is at odds with Pelosi, who reiterated Thursday that she had "always been for a truth commission."

Reid said the bipartisan intelligence panel should complete its work by the end year and "we'd all be better off just relaxing" until all the facts are in.

But he left the door open to a separate investigation down the road. "Again, I think we have to get the facts before we decide which direction to go," he said.

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