Trump's CIA watchdog pick never read Senate torture report

Trump's CIA watchdog pick never read Senate torture report
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President Trump’s nominee to be the CIA’s watchdog told lawmakers Tuesday that he never read the Senate’s infamous torture report.

Christopher Sharpley, who has served as the CIA’s deputy inspector general since 2012, told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he had never read the full report detailing how the CIA treated terror suspects after 9/11, The Associated Press reported.


Democrats criticized Sharpley for not reading the report in full, saying he should have done so because his position includes overseeing covert CIA activities that were detailed in the report. 

”It seems to me that it's awfully hard to learn the potential lessons of that report, if it wasn't consumed and read and processed in your office," said Sen. Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichOvernight Energy: DNC to reject fossil fuel donations | Regulators see no security risk in coal plant closures | Senate committee rejects Trump EPA, Interior budgets Energy commission sees no national security risk from coal plant closures The Hill's Morning Report — Trump: `A very great moment in the history of the world’ MORE (D-N.M.). The New Mexico senator did say that Sharpley read summaries of the report, according to the AP.

Sharpley also said that he had not destroyed the torture report, as he initially thought he did. It was revealed in May that he thought he had destroyed or misplaced the copy of the report.

He told the committee that he had discovered a disc containing the report and then handed it over to Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrFormer Senate intel aide indicted for perjury makes first court appearance The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Washington's week of 'we'll see' Former Senate Intel aide indicted in DOJ leak case MORE (R-N.C.), who requested that government agencies return copies of the report, Reuters reported.

Democrats also expressed frustrations over Sharpley returning the report without a legal requirement to do so.

“The point of distributing it to the departments was in the hope that they would read it — not look at it as some poison document — and learn from it,” Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenate passes 6B defense bill Manchin becomes final Democrat to back bill preventing separation of immigrant families Live coverage: FBI chief, Justice IG testify on critical report MORE (D-Calif.) said.

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenDems seek to seize on data privacy as midterm issue Hillicon Valley: DHS gets new cyber chief | White House warns lawmakers not to block ZTE deal | White nationalists find home on Google Plus | Comcast outbids Disney for Fox | Anticipation builds for report on FBI Clinton probe Senate confirms Trump Homeland Security cyber pick MORE (D-Ore.) announced that he would oppose Sharpley’s nomination for turning over the report to Burr. Democrats had opposed the agencies returning the report.