Leahy praises AG Holder for appointing terror interrogation prosecutor

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyOvernight Tech: TV box plan faces crucial vote | Trump transition team to meet tech groups | Growing scrutiny of Yahoo security Leahy wants Judiciary hearing on Yahoo Overnight Cybersecurity: FBI probes possible hack of Dems' phones | Trump's '400-pound hacker' | Pressure builds on Yahoo | Poll trolls run wild MORE (D-Vt.) on Monday praised Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderLawyer claims death threats after anti-Black Lives Matter lawsuit Adviser: Obama can’t ‘erase decades’ of racism Airbnb enlists civil rights leaders in discrimination fight MORE's decision to name a special prosecutor who will determine whether or not to launch a full-scale criminal investigation of the CIA's terror interrogation tactics.

"I am grateful that the Justice Department is finally being led by an independent Attorney General who is willing to begin investigating this dark chapter in our country's history," Leahy said in a release. "I had no doubt that he would put the interests of the law ahead of politics, and he has demonstrated that."

The sixth-term senator added he still hopes for a full "nonpartisan, independent review" to examine the interrogations.

"This investigation will also bring a measure of accountability to the American people in holding responsible those whose decisions may have undermined our values and our laws," he said of the special prosecutor's probe.

The Washington Post reported this afternoon that Holder will appoint career Justice Department prosecutor John Durham to examine several incidents in which CIA personnel may have violated anti-torture laws while interrogating suspected terrorists.