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

Republican calls Holder decision 'bulls**t'

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(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. Joey Fritts

    Peter King is an idiot. Why would anyone elect him for dogcatcher?

    August 25, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Will-South Dakota

    Can You Smell a COVERUP emerging?

    August 25, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Jamey

    It think the rest of the United States wonders what side King is on. He sure acts anti-American. He is a scared little man.

    August 25, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. Stephen

    grrr...i for one don't want thugs representing my country torturing people. I am absolutely for bringing enemy combatants to justice – swiftly, I might add, but the bulls**t is that this was allowed and maybe even encouraged by the atmosphere that prevailed at the time. it's no wonder the world hated us, and yes, that matters. Unless, your only answer to provocation is invasion and/or more of this BS.

    August 25, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. indyphil

    Oh so now the rule of law doesn't mean anything. I see it depends on who was in office at the time.

    August 25, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Bill, Bloominton IL

    Just another flip flop by the current administration. Trust continues to be a problem for the Obama White House.

    August 25, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. rush

    its hilarious when a right wing nut job complains when a democrat even slightly leans left.

    August 25, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. makesUwonder

    AMEN........Congressman Peter King!

    August 25, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. pat c

    if the republicans don't want this to happen, then you know it is a GOOD thing. they smear anything president obama does but yet are still covering up for the worst president in our history. funny when the shoe is on the other foot HOW DIFERANTLY THE REPUGS LOOK AT THINGS.. war crimes should be exposed and delt with on a legal basis. this is a far greater crime than clinton did an the republicans could not wait to start impeachment procedures against then president clinton. WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND SO CONSIDER THIS FAIR PLAY!!!

    August 25, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. T Mckinley

    "You wonder which side they're on?"

    They are on the side of the rule of law, Senator.

    Apparently YOU are not.

    August 25, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. TKW-New Mexico

    Holder is right. I think the interrogations should be investigated. There is a proper way to handle interrogations. You can be tough without doing something immoral like waterboarding and other forms of torture. I worry about innocent people being tortured. Terrorist should get whats coming to them but what about those that might have been falsely accused. I should would want someone waterboarding me because they think I may have done something wrong.

    August 25, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. Aaron

    Cheney's going to prison and he knows it. His little croney friends are rallying.

    August 25, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. MCD, SF, CA

    Illegal is illegal! If you are going to do the crime, be prepared to do the time.

    They are hiding behind patriotism. I say go for the people at the top... not the bottom, they were following orders.

    People died in our prisons. How? Why? We need to know these things. Especially since they freed a lot of people because they decided they were innocent... of course, they decided this AFTER years of imprisonment and torture.

    August 25, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. RJP3

    I am surprised he left the Fox News Propoganda studios long enough to make a comment - or was it made on Fox News Propoganda ?

    So under this guy the CIA would run around without public oversight ?
    While we make the leaders of this goon squad very very wealthy with 6 figure salaries ????

    August 25, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. Eric

    Well, we know what side your on, greed, deceit, lies, and crime if it suits you, wishy-washy, apologetic, socialistic and un-American if it does not suit you.

    August 25, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. xargaw

    The point of a SP is to determine if crimes were committed. Cheney and King calling Justice political after Gonzalez is laughable. The potential objects of an investigation (Cheney and others) don't get to decide what and who gets investigated. When did criminal suspects and their supporters get to start calling the shots?

    August 25, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. T Mckinley

    This is another prime example of a Republican throwing a temper tantrum when Republicans don't get their way. Such a "mature" bunch, aren't they?

    August 25, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. RJP3

    One last note-- those who ELECTED President Obama wanted this investigation. He is doing the will of the people – something this overfed GOP sell-out would not understand. He works for his elitist master and the manipulated underclass.

    August 25, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. T

    Eric Holder's job is to uphold the constitution. Simply stated, he is to enforce the laws established by the legislature. If it is against the law to torture, then investigate and let the chips fall where they may. That is the job of the Attorney General. We cannot afford to selectively apply the law.

    August 25, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    Just another demagogue in clown shoes tapdancing to the 9/11 themesong that was supposed to earn them their permanent majority but backfired when the rest of us realized that the nihilist, nationalistic, abuse-of-religious-dogma path to fascism they were paving went against everything we believe in as a society. Get a clue Kingy-poo, only the already-convinced true-believers who couldn't point out the difference between a text book and a hallmark card would buy what you're selling.

    August 25, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Jake

    I call "bulls*@t" on Peter King!

    What is putting the Republicans on the defensive?

    August 25, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. Darko

    Nothing but a distraction from Obama...a well timed one as usual.

    The wheels are falling off the Obamacare bus and they need some cover.

    August 25, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. Gus

    "You wonder which side they're on," the Long Island Republican told Politico Tuesday.

    How about the side of law, you right-wing creep?

    August 25, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. pete

    classy language from a congressman.

    August 25, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. kimpinatlanta

    So it's o.k. to break laws made to protect and enforce civility, ethics, and morality as long as it serves my purpose. Question that needs to be answered is if anyone feel any safer now than before all of this occured. Question? Why do they hate us? They hate us because we are dishonest, liars, unethical, and down right prejudice against anyone who does not look like me, pray like me, and does not want their country to be colonized. Trace the dots back to the beginning of this war this country has got us in. I do not believe someone woke up on a Tuesday morning and just decided they hate America and Americans. We are not innocent at the media and the former administrations wants the feeble minded public to believe. Instead of mouthing off things from two minute sound bites, why don't you really tell the truth. I guess because in this case the truth will be worse than all the redacted passages.

    August 25, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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