August 25th, 2009
05:31 PM ET
13 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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  1. Joe in NJ

    You go Pete! Tell it like it is!

    August 25, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. A. Goodwin

    Peter King needs to be voted out of congress! He is an embarassment to the state of NY and the nation. He is allowed a difference in opinion, but his comments lack taste and diplomacy!

    Peter King and Dick Cheney seem so fearful of this decision....WHAT ARE THEY HIDING???

    August 25, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Brian

    So when the CIA did illegal things for the safety of USA then it becomes legal?

    Seems like they were not acting like Americans to begin with.

    More than likely they were AIPAC end time cult members.

    August 25, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. R in Maine

    King's brain has been replaced by the stuff coming out of his mouth. This country has a tradition of justice and now we have the repubs trying to justify all of this violence and violation of rights. We have a right to expect the behavior of these people to bee of a standard with would make such an investigation of no consequence. Instead, we have a government that behaves as if it were in Africa.

    August 25, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. Carl

    Really.. Bull **it? I like to think the United States isn't just a bunch of two faced politicians that claim we are a peaceful country with democracy and rules including a policy against torture and a right to a fair trial while they go ahead and break all of those rules. I'm sorry to say, King, that you're so called leaders of the past probably violated all of these rules and I'm pretty sure you know it.

    So just deal with it. People in power should be just as accountable as anyone.

    August 25, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Takeshi

    No sir. You are bullS++t. you are the ones trying very hard to divide this country. Republicans. are the real issue here. You destroyed this country and its reputation. take credit pal

    August 25, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Erma.Williams

    I typed a comment but you didn't acceipt it. Thanks.
    Keep swiping, your arm is hooked up to life support system like every body else.

    August 25, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. yannick

    Justice is none partisan. Future torture will be prevented by defending past torture.

    August 25, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. adam russell

    What side they are on? Perhaps the side of honesty, honor, and the american way? Which side are you on? When fighting fascism you dont win by becoming one.

    August 25, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    We have met the enemy, and they are alive and not well and working for the Justice Department. Eric Holder, you are a disgrace!

    August 25, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. Ren from Baltimore

    To Peter King,

    What does "Change We Can Believe In" mean to you? Do you think it means status quo, pulling all of this un-American BS you and your House and Senate cohorts did with the Bushies?

    NO. It means doing things differently. It means regaining our nation's esteem for itself and from other nations. We are not alone. We are not inclined to hide behind our borders, afraid to venture out for fear of being treated as your goons treated mere suspects. We are not in favor of the old ways, your ways, at all. Go away from public view, now.

    August 25, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. Florida Joe

    No Rep King ...........what is 'bulls**t' is your thinking that tourture is an acceptable practice for the United States of America
    We know that under the Bush administration Cheney & Rowe were allowed to tell the Attorney General what to do..........We now has a President that actually wants to operate under the law.........You sir are 'bulls**t'

    August 25, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. rob

    Good for Peter King, this will be nothing more than a political witch-hunt that may go on and on and on as long as the current Admin needs a distraction from their failed policies.

    CNN states in a paragraph that the reports that were released show that many attacks were stopped and many terrorists were caught before they could attack us because of the work of the CIA and whatever tactics they used. They should all get medals for saving thousands of lives not procecutions for doing their jobs.

    We are sending all the wrong signals to our enemies and our allies around the world and we will all rue this day.

    Nov. 2010 and Nov. 2012 can't come fast enough.

    August 25, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Howard

    I agree with King, it is B.S. but it certainly fits into the let me apologize for everything, to everybody policy of the Obama administration. Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations respect only one thing and that is strength. This naive approach of "if we are NICE to them, they will be NICE to us is ridiculous; sorry folks these people do not think that way. Free elections?" let me chop off your finger for voting; women's rights, let me stone you to death, or sentence you to a gang rape. So, when we ask a suspected terrorist a question about other attacks against the U.S, be sure to always say please.

    August 25, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Thomas, Baton Rouge, LA

    Sorry, Peter. It's the Bush admins' behavior that was disgraceful. Largely at the behest of Cheney.

    August 25, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. patty

    its ok for the rebugs to investigate president clintons blow job, but not ok to investigate the cia breaking the law!

    August 25, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    The republicans are ganging up and protesting too loudly. They must be the ones FEARING the outcome. HA ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    August 25, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. independent

    The GOP hypocrisy is appalling. They say they want a judiciary which is not activist, and strickly follows the Constitution. Then, the attorney general says that someone in government may have broken the law (re the Constitution) and the GOP says ignore it. The GOP doesn't want activist judges, they want to be activist themselves.

    August 25, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. Jeff Millen

    We will never regain "the high moral ground" until the truth is known regarding enhanced interagation techniques. I'm a US citizen and I for one do care about the torture techniques that were used in my name. I do not want it all swept under the table. I want this out so that it will not happen again. I'm skeptical about claims that enhanced interrogation techniques (Orwell would have loved this term) resulted in useful intelligence that made us any more secure or safe. I don't care if people are prosecuted or not, I just want to know what really happened. I support an independent inquiry or cousel investigating this matter.

    August 25, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    No, if torture is okay, then so is fascism. That's what they did and we cannot become what they were, if torture is okay, then any other crime citizens choose to commit is okay. You cannot justify sin no matter how you spin it. Hey congressman ask Jesus if it's okay. Find it in the Bible that torture is okay, but I bet you could probably twist that too, remember when the roman soliders tortured Jesus and they were acting in the name of the State,( that 's BS) doesn't matter, SIN IS SIN.

    August 25, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Chipster

    They're on the side of justice, Rep. King. You remember justice, don't you? It's what use to separate us from the terrorists. Justice made us more civilized because we didn't torture people and we didn't kill people for no reason other than the fact that they happened to be in a building or walking through a bazaar. We didn't kill women and children or use terror alerts just to make people afraid enough to accept any outrageous actions or violations of our laws.

    We lost the war, Rep. King, when WE became terrorists and allowed these things to be done and betrayed our constitutional principles.

    August 25, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    What are you republicans afraid of? Got something to hide? Lets put it all on the table and see who comes out smelling like a rose. Don't think it will be Bush and Cheney.

    August 25, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. CT Ed

    Yeah really. I mean when people do horrible things like torture people, which is against US law – we should thank them... i mean investigating to see if there was any wrongdoing is disgusting....

    has 1984 finally arrived. Investigating crimes is wrong?

    August 25, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. HQ

    I agree with Peter King. It's been eight years since 911 without another successful attack on U.S. soil. The threat continues for another attack but my hat is off to the CIA and the policies over the past eight years that have protected America. I see this investigation as purely politically motivated and potentially damaging to the United States.

    August 25, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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