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. Mark

    If I was a republican I would be upset too knowing that the rest of the world will find out exactly that the criminals that formerly occupied the White House knew and ordered.

    August 25, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Tyrone

    changing the subject from health care are we???

    Keep torturing those thugs.

    They'll cut your head off if they get hold of you.

    August 25, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Ross, Chautauqua, NY

    Mr. King obviously does not understand morals and ethics. What is a disgrace is that a probe is necessary in the first place due to illegal and unethical behavior by the CIA. But he's not concerned about this–he wants to uphold and hide wrong doing instead. He belongs in the stone age.

    August 25, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. AZ Pete

    King must be Cheney's latest lackey. Typical right-wing attack ... "You wonder which side they're on," ... That's the approach the Bush administration used to silence those opposing going into Iraq; they branded them unpatriotic. Name calling is the simplest way to try to divert attention away from serious debate. And what's with Cheney? A virtual recluse for much of his time as VP and now he comes out with opinions. He didn't want the scrutiny then but he's willing to criticise now. Coward.

    August 25, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Peoples Voice

    Mr. King, what is bulls**t is believing that allowing the sadists in the CIA that tortured get away with it has not lowered moral with the decent hard working members of the CIA who are disgusted with the torture.

    What's bulls**t is always preaching we are a country of laws and no one is above them, then giving a free pass if the illegal activities are done by Republicans.

    What's bulls**t is claiming to be the party of moral values then demonstrating a complete lack of moral values.

    What's bulls**t is you, Mr. King, you.

    August 25, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Craig of LA

    Well King and the other republican torture apologists are up in arms. Their true colors are now on full display. They defend treaty and law violators as well as torture. We prosecute dthe Japanese for waterboarding our heroic boys but it is not a crime or torture if we do it 86 times to one man? Republicans like Cheney and King are morally bankrupt, hypocrites and the finest examples of moral relativism I know. Folks, the fish rots from the head first. We need to go after the architects of this national shame – Cheney and Bush for war crimes and crimes against humanity. We must send a message to our posterity that such evil will not be tolerated. No man is above the law!

    August 25, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Kevin in Ohio

    I can't think of a better word for what Holder is doing. Holder is targeting those people who kept America safe, while at the same time the administration is going soft on those poor, poor terrorists. Nothing short of criminal, unpatriotic, and treasonous. What in God's name is this country coming to under Obama? God help us all.

    August 25, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Nick


    August 25, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. Joseph B

    Let's have an open and honest discussion on whether this behavior violated the constitution and international law. If it did, we need to hold the people accountable. If it did not, let's move forward.

    August 25, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. J

    Interesting how the Republicans think that Obama treats the Justice Department like they did. The Justice Department is not there to prosecute political rivals.

    A decision to investigate a CRIME is not a decision made by the President it is a decision based on evidence and the LAW.

    August 25, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Bon

    I'm definitely not on Holder's side.

    August 25, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. nancy

    Why our government is so passionate and crazy about our enemies?

    August 25, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Change_Has_Begun

    Oh shut up! where were your "bullS#$ts when Bush and Chenney alleged that Iraq had WMD and ties to al-qaida...hypocrites...

    August 25, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. Tabeth

    Republicans do not want to be exposed!
    If the previous administration had to be DEM

    I can assure you that no one would be sleeping
    with regards to Rep drums!


    August 25, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. Melinda

    The Republicans are just afraid of what they will find. What is disgusting is that the GOP thinks it is okay to have tortured prisoners during the Bush Administration. I don't care what political party you support – everyone should be absolutely outraged at our country torturing people. We not only broke our country's laws but internatiional laws. Think about it – what would these people be saying if an American(s) were tortured by another country – they wouldn't stand for it for one minute – why is it okay if we do it – oh wait that's right – whatever they and their President/Vice-President did was just fine. You can bet if the Obama Administration had tortured they would be absolutely demanding an investigation. SHAME ON REPUBLICANS AND THOSE WHO SUPPORTED THAT HORRENDOUS ADMINISTRATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 25, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Brian mesaAZ

    Mr King – A crime is a crime. No, one is or should be above the law. If you don't like that change the law. We are a country of law's. Mr King your statements smell like bulls**t.

    August 25, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. Obama Victim

    what the left does not realize is that they being "played".....the extreme left has wanted this all now Obama is throwing them some red meat.............and by the way, he is preparing them for tossing the public option under the bus.........this is so obvious, and the wingnuts don't even get it

    August 25, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. TCM

    Hey King....Holder, along with the rest of the cronies in this administration are bullS**t! I concur with you 100%!!!

    In fact, it's all probably just another Obama smoke screen so he can slide some other bill by....I still believe he knew the healthcare would flop, but drove on. Why? Because his main agenda was to get Sotomayor on the SC...especially when the issue of his citizenship keeps popping up; good to have a SC judge in your back pocket; especially a puppet judge.

    August 25, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. frank

    AMEN!!! this is horrible. Men of honor who defend us and we want to make them criminals. Yet, Obama surrounds himself with the people he does. His wife says she is finally proud of our country???
    This is sad....he is right "which side are they on?"

    August 25, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    "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,"

    Or maybe President Obama since he was voted in and not "annoited", realize this is a democracy, not a monarchy, and let's the principals in his amdinistration do their jobs has THEY see fit.

    Why are all neo-cons such control freaks?

    August 25, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. GEE

    The economy is turning sour and the bad numbers are coming out, so guess what, let's throw another controversy out there so people won't notice.

    August 25, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. Roy

    It's a witchhunt. Didn't Obama peldge to close Guantanamo Bay? This is another move to deflect eyes from Obama's follies.

    August 25, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    first of all......its not the administations decision, it's the justice department. Second, what's so disgraceful about looking into whether or not something illegal took place? If something illegal did take place, it occurred at our highest levels....and should America know about it??? Are we a nation of laws or not?

    August 25, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. shoegazer

    What have they got to hide?

    August 25, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. Jerry in Iowa

    "I'll keep my guns, my Freedom and my taxes, you can keep your Change."

    J Taylor

    August 25, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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