Several Democratic senators took aim at CIA Director John Brennan on Wednesday over an internal CIA review of the agency’s harsh interrogation techniques during the George W. Bush administration.
Sens. Mark UdallMark UdallElection autopsy: Latinos favored Clinton more than exit polls showed Live coverage: Tillerson's hearing for State The rise and possible fall of the ‘Card’ in politics MORE (D-Colo.) and Martin HeinrichMartin HeinrichDem senator calls out Trump for leaving key to apparent classified info exposed Trump’s pick for CIA No. 2 prompts Dem fears Intel Committee Dems to Trump: Read torture report MORE (D-N.M.) clashed with Brennan, as they pushed for the CIA to allow the public release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s 6,300-page “torture report” on the Bush-era enhanced interrogation.
He asked Brennan whether he knew about the internal review when Brennan issued a statement last year criticizing portions of the Senate Intelligence report that concluded the Bush-era interrogation techniques were not effective.
“It wasn’t a review, senator, it was a summary. At the time, no, I had not gone through it,” Brennan said.
“That strikes me as a bit improbable,” Udall responded, “given that you knew about the internal review, and you spoke to us and stated that your obligation as CIA director was to make sure the CIA response was as thorough and accurate as possible.”
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