GOP senators against special prosecutor to probe CIA

Several Republican senators are urging Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderFormer AG launches redistricting effort to help Dems reclaim power The racism inquisition over Jeff Sessions Dem rep to Obama: Don’t ‘lay back’ after presidency MORE to scrap plans to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate CIA officials who interrogated suspected terrorists.
 
In a letter to Holder sent Wednesday, nine GOP Senators including Sen. Kit Bond (Mo.), the ranking member of the Intelligence Committee, said that the appointment of a special prosecutor could “have serious consequences, not just for the honorable members of the intelligence community, but also for the security of all Americans.”
 
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The CIA came under fire during the Bush administration for its harsh interrogation methods of suspected terrorists in detention. CIA officials also faced criticism over the harsh interrogation techniques leading to questionable confessions and even the death of detainees.
 
In their letter to Holder, the Republican senators are taking issue with reports that the special prosecutor would particularly be looking into how CIA interrogators treated Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one of the masterminds of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
 
The senators argue that the interrogation of Mohammed produced information that “was absolutely vital” to capturing other terrorists and preventing other attacks on the United States, such as a plot to destroy the Library Tower in Los Angeles.
 
“It is ironic that the Obama administration, which has delayed justice for the victims of September 11 by suspending the trial of KSM, may soon be charging ahead to prosecute the very CIA officials who obtained critical information from him,” the lawmakers wrote.
 
The other signatories of the letter are Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsFive things to watch in round two of Trump confirmation fights Booker will attend inauguration Mega-mergers poised to get green light under Trump MORE (Ala.), ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, and Sens. Jon Kyl (Ariz.), Saxby ChamblissSaxby ChamblissWyden hammers CIA chief over Senate spying Cruz is a liability Inside Paul Ryan’s brain trust MORE (Ga.), John CornynJohn CornynFive things to watch in round two of Trump confirmation fights This week: Confirmation fights dominate ahead of inauguration Trump opens can of worms with blast at drugmakers MORE (Texas), Tom CoburnTom CoburnCoburn: Trump's tweets aren't presidential The road ahead for America’s highways Rethinking taxation MORE (Okla.), Orrin HatchOrrin HatchFive things to watch in round two of Trump confirmation fights Dems push for outside witnesses at Mnuchin hearing Live coverage: The Senate's 'vote-a-rama' MORE (Utah), Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyJeff Sessions will protect life Justice, FBI to be investigated over Clinton probes Pence meets with Kaine, Manchin amid Capitol Hill visit MORE (Iowa) and Richard BurrRichard BurrTrump education pick to face Warren, Sanders Senate Intel panel to probe Trump team's ties to Russia Trump's CIA nominee seeks to calm nerves MORE (N.C.).