“I strongly believe — and trust that you agree — that publicly acknowledging the truth of this program, regardless of how uncomfortable, is necessary, consistent with our country's history and ideals, and in the long-term interests of the CIA and the American people.”

Earlier this year, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a 6,000-page report, which revealed that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) gave “inaccurate and misleading information” to the public about its former detention and interrogation program.

The administration was supposed to submit comments to the committee on the report by mid-February, but Udall said he still hasn’t received a response. He urged the president to advise his administration to respond in order to correct the record.

“It is my understanding that the comments from your administration will reflect not only the views of the CIA, but also other Executive Branch agencies impacted by the CIA’s detention and interrogation program,” the letter stated. “I believe the views of other government agencies and the White House are absolutely essential in order to engage in a constructive, lessons-learned dialogue.”

Udall also applauded last week’s comment from Vice President Biden on the need to "excise the demons" by acknowledging what the CIA did and declassifying the report for the public.