Mitch McConnell on Holder’s Torture Probe: ‘Poor and Misguided Decision’
New statement from the Senate GOP leader. As foreshadowed by last week’s letter to Attorney General Eric Holder from nine Republican senators, McConnell argues that the new probe will be a net disaster for national security:
“We must remain mindful that we still are very much a nation at war with terrorists who spend every hour of their day planning how to hurt America and Americans. That’s why reports that the Department of Justice has directed a special prosecutor to investigate the men and women tasked with keeping America safe is such a poor and misguided decision.
“Several years ago, career professionals at the Department decided the facts did not support prosecuting America’s intelligence professionals based on the practices at issue today. Now, the administration risks chilling our defense and intelligence community’s ability to protect us from future terrorist attacks by reopening this matter. If these reports are true, the American people will be rightly outraged by the administration’s actions in this critical area.”
Also, former Bush White House spokesman Ari Fleischer told The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein that the decision to investigate CIA interrogators is “disgusting.”