Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough today released the following statement:
“We have just completed a tour and briefings of the detention facilities and operations at Guantanamo Bay. We very much appreciate the support today from Rear Admiral John Smith and the personnel at Guantanamo, and their dedicated service in detaining the 166 individuals here in a safe and respectful way.
“We continue to believe that it is in our national interest to end detention at Guantanamo, with a safe and orderly transition of the detainees to other locations.
"We intend to work, with a plan by Congress and the Administration together, to take the steps necessary to make that happen.”