Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on President Obama’s decision to maintain the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA detention and interrogation program in his presidential papers.
The decision was sent in a letter from White House Counsel Neil Eggleston to Senators Feinstein and Richard Burr last week. The letter is available here.
“There are those who would like to see this report destroyed, but in the two years since its release, none of the facts in the 450-page summary has been refuted. The report represents six years of hard work by dedicated staff, and I firmly believe its 6,700 pages and 38,000 footnotes will stand the test of time. I also strongly believe that this must be a lesson learned—that torture doesn’t work.
“It’s my very strong belief that one day this report should be declassified. The president has refused to do so at this time, but I’m pleased the report will go into his archives as part of his presidential records, will not be subject to destruction and will one day be available for declassification.”
Additional information on the report is available here: https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/ciareport.