Before Republicans took over the U.S. Senate, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein sent copies of an internal CIA report on torture to various agencies within the Obama administration.
Now Sen. Richard Burr wants the copies back. According to The New York Times, Burr – the new chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee – sent the White House a letter demanding that the documents be “returned immediately.”
The report involves thousands of pages detailing the CIA’s use of torture on terror detainees. Only the executive summary has been released to the public.
Burr has been critical of the Intelligence Committee’s torture report, saying it “only endangers our officers and allies in a blatant attempt to smear the Bush administration.” He has not commented on his letter to the Obama administration.
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Feinstein blasted Burr for seeking to collect copies of the internal CIA report. “Doing so would limit the ability to learn lessons from this sad chapter in America’s history and omit from the record two years of work, including changes made to the committee’s 2012 report following extensive discussion with the CIA,” Feinstein said in a news release Tuesday.
The American Civil Liberties Union also spoke out against Burr’s move. “Senator Burr’s attempt to recall the report seems like a bid to thwart Congress’s own Freedom of Information Act, which protects the rights of the American people to learn about their own government,” Christopher Anders, the group’s senior legislative counsel, said Wednesday.