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

Republican calls Holder decision 'bulls**t'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Anne E.

    What King calls AG Holder's decision is a perfect description - of the GOP, that is.

    August 25, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. haren

    The person who live in glass house should not throw stone at other guys house.
    you guys harnessed Bill Clinton lot in his presidency now it is your turn.

    August 25, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    I used to live on Long Island and am now ashamed to think I once admired this man

    August 25, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. Henry

    And I wonder that side Mr. King is on. Obviously the side of the unrepentant beasts who have done so much to hurt our country, and all in the name of national security and fear.

    Get away you moron.

    August 25, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. victim of republican greed

    Repubicans feel they are above the law and are accountable to no one. It is time that those who trashed the constitution and our laws to have the truth come out and pay for their crimes.

    August 25, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. tony

    Typical GOP bullxxxt......the conduct of these government agencies durign the Bush administration was disgraceful. They need to be fully investigated and those responsible for breakign the law need to be sent to jail.......

    August 25, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Doug

    Another sign that Obama has come to realize that "bi-partisanship" is a pipe dream. Good for him. Cheney should be next.

    August 25, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Brian0901

    Wow, What a moron. He is a republican though so I expected it.

    All republicans are racist, gun-loving idiots. They proved they aren't fit to run a lemonade stand. If you vote republican you get what you deserve, nothing.

    August 25, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. Fan of Common Sense

    When a country's leadership starts turning on the people who defend it for political gain, you know that country is on its way down.

    August 25, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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