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. Bob H

    What is disgraceful is that the bush administration committed heinous war crimes for years. Investigating them is patriotic. I fully support prosecutions and hope they head to the top – to the monsters who set this policy.

    August 25, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Mark

    It's about time the investigations begin!

    August 25, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. pv

    Mr. King is the traitor.
    He and his party sold out America.

    August 25, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. John DiGilio

    What are we so afraid of? If laws were broken, people should be punished. What is it with this country that prevents us from coming to terms with our own wrongdoings???

    August 25, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. John

    What are all these Republicans afraid of? If the CIA did nothing wrong, the investigation will clear their name – if they did, shouldn't we be upholding the qualities America was founded on?

    August 25, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. BOO!!!!

    King is against Holder's decision....He says it is Bull SH_T ...well you and the RETHUGS are full of Bull SH_T ????What are you Afraid of....EYES ROLLING

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

    Since when is investigating possible crimes bulls**t? That's right up there with medical insurance for all is a communistic/socialistic plot or even evil! Thank you Mr. King for that profound statement. I can't imagine myself having lived my whole life not knowing that. THANK YOU!!!

    August 25, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Patrick Clarke

    He wonder's which side they are on? Um ... maybe the side of truth?

    August 25, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. Joan

    I think that the Republican protests too much !!!!!

    Could this mean that the Republicans know they are not squeaky clean – It does seem that they are quite happy to say NO to everything and then sit back and begin stirring the pot once more. I truly believe that the only party who are very good at "B – Sh" are the Republicans themselves.

    After all they did it for eight years.

    August 25, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. johnrj08

    Eloquently words spoken by a man who actually thinks illegal behavior should not be punished in the United States. It's ironic that the Republican Party once had a reputation for being the 'law & order' party. Clearly, the laws only apply to us little people. There is zero evidence that extreme interrogation methods are any more successful at getting information out of terrorists than any other methods. The fact is, Khalid Sheik Mohammed admitted his role in the 9/11 attacks BEFORE he was water-boarded. This is more political partisan gaming by a party that is on the ropes. The only thing I disagree with is that Holder is investigating the wrong people. He should be putting Rumsfeld and Cheney in the hotseat.

    August 25, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. hm,florida

    obama has not lost control of his administration. the republicans don't want this examined because they KNOW it will turn up key information to finally confirm bush and cheney did wrong. as long as this story goes away, so does cheney. and now it's back along with his lying mouth.

    August 25, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Liberty Queen

    CIA: the real evil in the U.S. and all over this planet! Bush, Cheney, CIA...criminals!

    August 25, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. MWA

    King, you're full of B.S. how naive or stupid are you, really? Oh yeah Repugs are complaining because they've lost their mojo. Campaign somewhere else. And watch your language (or at least expand your pathetic vocabulary).

    August 25, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Gerry

    This response is Bull@#%@! The Republicans are understandedly afraid of the truth. They know that once the truth of of the criminal activities of the last administration are revealed, there will be no where they can hide from the public outrage.

    August 25, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. I can see Canada from my house!

    I suppose Mr. King would prefer the President to cave into his loony, whacky view, instead.

    Listening to Mr. King makes it easy to understand why vast areas of New York that have voted Republican for generations have abandoned the GOP. Its also the height of irony that Mr. King, who has been dogged by ethical lapses throughout his career, never complained about the firing of US attorneys under President Bush WHICH WERE SOLELY MOTIVATED BY POLITICS!!!! This is a pointless manuever designed solely to rally the dwindling GOP ranks in NY in preparation for their butt-kicking by Gillibrand and Cuomo in 2010.

    August 25, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. Chris

    Right and wrong knows no "sides", King.
    But under that logic, I suppose Lt. Calley should have been praised, and My Lai either celebrated or ignored.
    This is not a game, but there are some rules.

    August 25, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. David S. Robins

    What is truly disgraceful is the presence of a Republican scumbag like Peter King in the U.S. Congress.

    August 25, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. William in San Jose

    Preserving the lawlessness! Stay classy there Mr. King..

    August 25, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Molly Weasley

    No, what's disgraceful is a Republican administration that broke the law by not following Geneva conventions - a treaty signed by the United States - and ordered torture of prisoners.

    We're on the side of America, Rep. King. You obviously think you're living in the land of the TV show "24."

    August 25, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. Mississippi Mike

    He said what the rest of us are thinking. Thanks Peter!

    August 25, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. Courtney

    Mr. King:
    The age old question is "Are we a nation of laws or tyrants?" I pray each day the answer to this question is obvious. If we stoop to the same level as the terrorists then we must waller in the mud with them
    So please for the love of God you and Cheney just go away and keep your trap shut...For everytime that you both open your mouths to speak on this subject you are both showing the classic case of someone who is suffering from constipation of the brain and Dirrahea of the mouth...So once against just SHUT UP!!!!!

    August 25, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. citizenUSA

    If you politely ask a terroist questions, you'll likely not get a truthful answer. Terrorists are just that way sometimes. There is no reason for the treatment we've all seen at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Those soldiers should get court martialed. At least we are not beheading anyone or forcing them to make false statements on TV and showing their dispair. Everyone has their own methods. I'm a peace loving civilized guy but I have no sympathy for people who want to kill innocent Americans or any innocent person for that matter. Our interrogation methods may be harsh but they get results and no one's dead from it.

    August 25, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. rrjr

    Some people say the most ignorant things.

    August 25, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. They call me "Tater Salad"

    Well, the time, money, and effort put forth by the GOP to try to hang Bill Clinton out to dry for something far less, really doesn't give much weight to this clown's arguement! Like they say, "turnabout is fairplay" so EAT IT REPUBLICANS!

    August 25, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. cecilia

    well of course Peter King thinks the investigation is bulls**t how dare anyone look into the dishonorable dealing of the bush era.
    Especially when the Republicans did everything right when scaring the hell out of everyday citizens which in turn justified all of thier actions.
    I would be pissed off also If all of my dirty secrets were reveled.
    how dare those nasty Democrats anyway

    August 25, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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