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GOP senators against special prosecutor to probe CIA

Several Republican senators are urging Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderTop Dem signals likely opposition to Sessions nomination Instead of 'hope and change' Obama gave progressives Trump Republicans want to grease tracks for Trump 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 SessionsTrump's Cabinet: What jobs are left to fill Disability and the Trump administration — what's next? Fight over water bill heats up in Senate 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 CornynDem senator threatens to slow-walk spending bill Ark., Texas senators put cheese dip vs. queso to the test Texan tackles tricky tongue twister for #TheEllieChallenge MORE (Texas), Tom CoburnTom CoburnWill Trump back women’s museum? Don't roll back ban on earmarks Ryan calls out GOP in anti-poverty fight MORE (Okla.), Orrin HatchOrrin HatchOvernight Finance: Trump blasts Carrier's union leader | What's in the spending bill | Jamie Dimon gets perch for Trump era | AT&T, Time Warner execs grilled The Hill's 12:30 Report Hatch to meet with Trump Cabinet picks Thursday MORE (Utah), Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyBusiness groups express support for Branstad nomination 10 no-brainer ways to cut healthcare costs without hurting quality Senate GOP: National museum should include Clarence Thomas MORE (Iowa) and Richard BurrRichard BurrTop Intel Dem: Congress 'far from consensus' on encryption Trump must be an advocate for the Small Business Administration Dems pledge to fight Sessions nomination MORE (N.C.).