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 HeinrichElection Countdown: What to watch in final primaries | Dems launch M ad buy for Senate races | Senate seats most likely to flip | Trump slump worries GOP | Koch network's new super PAC Rand Paul endorses Gary Johnson's Senate bid The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s legal jeopardy mounts after Manafort, Cohen felony counts 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 BurrTrump assures storm victims in Carolinas: 'We will be there 100 percent' Overnight Energy: Trump rolls back methane pollution rule | EPA watchdog to step down | China puts tariffs on US gas Graham: Mueller is going to be allowed to finish investigation 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 FeinsteinThe Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Grassley wants unredacted version of letter from Kavanaugh's accuser Gillibrand: Kavanaugh accuser shouldn't participate in 'sham' hearing MORE (D-Calif.) said.

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenWyden says foreign hackers targeted personal accounts of senators, staffers Some employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report Hillicon Valley: North Korean IT firm hit with sanctions | Zuckerberg says Facebook better prepared for midterms | Big win for privacy advocates in Europe | Bezos launches B fund to help children, homeless 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.