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. Lee

    The only thing disgraceful is the Republicans' behavior and comments about this investigation. This is a land of laws and no one is above the law, including the CIA, Cheney or this clown King. Try as I may to understand Cheney and his kind, I will never understand how they think they were/are doing a service to this country when they break the law and constantly lie and distort the truth. They don't believe themselves for one second but they know the gullible masses will feed on their deception and believe it as if it were the gospel.

    August 25, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Bill Gaudelli

    No, it's not disgraceful to support the rule of law. On the contrary, it's disgraceful to be opposed to it.

    A new day is dawning in Washington and we should be thankful that it has, lest the republican regimes lead us into the abyss of tyranny and means/ends justifications for any whim.

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

    It's okay, Rep King. We have always known we can get as much from jihadists by just offering them a red lollipop if they tell us all they know. It's the American way.

    August 25, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Ditto, Mr. King, but because Holder's decision doesn't go far enough to prosecute all persons who may be guilty of torture under U.S. law and treaties.

    August 25, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. doug

    Way to tell them. The American people are waking up. Don't give the gov. your power!!! They work for you and make sure you let them know it!!

    August 25, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. Chuck

    Why is this guy on the news. Who cares what he thinks. If there was not any wrong doing then the CIA will be cleared. We do not need some louded mouth thrill seeker grandstanding in front of the press.

    August 25, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. the Film Professor


    The USA is supposed to be a beacon to the world, and our standards of behavior better than those of our enemies.

    We can be tough and resourceful without having to stoop to the lowest level of the scum of this planet. God help us if we become that which we despise.

    August 25, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. V

    Although I do believe there was illegal activity during the Bush days in the White House, I do not believe that spending tax payer dollars on these types of investigations, in this economy, is a smart move. Can't we please just move on from politics and usual (finger pointing) and work on what we need to do as a country to fix the problems we now face. Just like the firing of the Federal Prosecutors. There were questions when it happened about whether or not it was politically motivated. That investigation should have happened then, not now. PLEASE – WASHINGTON – WAKE-UP. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE COUNTING ON YOU TO GET THIS COUNTRY RIGHT AGAIN. STOP THE BULL AND GET TO WORK ON MORE RELEVANT MATTERS (i.e., Jobs, Health Care, Home Foreclosures, etc.). We need leaders who will stop playing the usual Washington games and get to work on the real issues.

    August 25, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. Paul

    Oh look. Another angry Republican nutjob who thinks it's possible to combat terrorism by using terrorist-like tactics. What a surprise.

    August 25, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. Shekar

    Wow! Good to see some one say what he feel really. This is the only country in the world where you want to probe people who save from another attack.

    Did the CIA torture Mahathma Gandhi?

    This adminstration always thinks about Islamic Terrorists feelings than saving the country at any cost.

    Again , I am not wondering because this america speech... blah, blah.. Timepass than real work.

    August 25, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. Beth

    This is the same guy who picked on Michael Jackson after he had died. What an idiot!! I think an investigation is certainly in order. That doesn't mean prosecution will inevitably follow. The Bush administration went way out of bounds on the interrogation methods they used and I really think this needs to be looked at. Too bad if Peter King doesn't like it.

    August 25, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. Matters

    After the comments of Rahm never wanting to 'waste a good crisis', I now believe that the current administration is trying it's best to create chaos within our country. Everything they do seem to throw another rock at an already buzzing hornets nest.

    August 25, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. JURONE

    why is it BS BECAUSE your caught up in the BS good choice of words peter king TIME WILL TELL IF ITS BS.

    August 25, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. John Williams

    Well we certainly know which side King is on. Maybe he was in on the interrogations.
    However, if this investigation is going after the little guys, it is a waste of time and taxpayer money.
    Nothing ever gets changed by punishing the little guys.
    This government is all about protecting the big guys, big business and insurance companies. Money, Money, Money...

    August 25, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. Joe R.

    Peter King is bulls**t .

    August 25, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. R Kupper

    Mr. King if you do not like the law change it but you are nor allowed to ignore it. Republicans have learned nothing from Watergate, laws only seem to count if they like them. Nice refined response it really shows you are a classy person!

    August 25, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. bill b. from Stratford,Ct

    How many times are we going to hear about all the corrupt things that Bush Admin. has done and not one person have gone to jail for their crimes. Over and over again, all the things people have said about Bush and Chaney, now it's all coming out by some in us camp. The Rethugs want you do just over look the things they have done over the last 8yrs. Just remember Rethugs, everything you have done in the dark, will come out in the light, ssssssoon.

    August 25, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. Paul from Phoenix

    Every time this white house is in trouble, or they can't accomplish their goals, or the polls look bad, they go back to the Bush administration for a quick boost in polls. Obama said he was going to let the past be the past and move forward, but with each new failure, he needs Bush to remind us why we need him.

    Obama is turning into the villian from V for Vendeta. The irony is that that villian is from the extreme right. Both based their ideology on securing power through fear that the country will implode without him.

    Just goes to show extreme ideologies in both parties are terrible for this country.

    August 25, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. Peter from Austin

    We're on the American side yyou twit. What's disgraceful is for us to stoop to the level of terrorists and not correct that mistake.. The only thing wrong is that we seem to be going after the small fry again instead of those that authorized and condoned this action.

    August 25, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    So, basically, Mr. King is in favor of breaking the law and not investigating it if it's carried out by a Republican administration?!

    Now, there you have the party of the American People, eh?!

    August 25, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Reformed Republican

    Rethuglican moron. IT"S LAWS NOT PARTY that you were sworn to uphold.

    August 25, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. Peggy

    Wow - I think a nerve has been touched here for sure!!!!!! The American people need to know if their leaders operate outside of the law. To those of you who say we should do "whatever it takes", I ask, how are you any different from the very terrorists you say we need to be protected against????? What is the point of having laws if leaders think they don't need to follow them?????? Oh, wait a minute, wasn't it Nixon who said, "It's not illegal if the President does it"??????

    August 25, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. Tod

    How about being on the side of the law. Have we forgotten that we are a country of laws?

    August 25, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. cal

    Lol, Bush goes after terrorists, Obama goes after patriotic Americans. Hmm, and I wonder why everyone (even liberals) knows democraps aren't patriotic.

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

    Congressman King wonders who's side Eric Holder is on. . . that would be the side of truth and justice. As it should be. And if republicans are scared, it is because they should be. Truth hurts sometimes. Thank goodness we no longer have a politicized DOJ that can actually do its job.

    August 25, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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