Mitch McConnell Objects To Release Of Torture Report

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Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) objected to the release of the CIA torture report by Senate Democrats on Tuesday, suggesting that it would harm national security.

McConnell said in a joint statement with Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), the ranking member of the intelligence committee.

“As we have both stated before, we are opposed to this study and believe it will present serious consequences for U.S. national security. Regardless of what one’s opinions may be on these issues, the study by Senate Democrats is an ideologically motivated and distorted recounting of historical events. The fact that the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation program developed significant intelligence that helped us identify and capture important al-Qa’ida terrorists, disrupt their ongoing plotting, and take down Usama Bin Ladin is incontrovertible. Claims included in this report that assert the contrary are simply wrong.”

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