GOP congressman on Holder: Which side is he on?

Peter King says the attorney general's move to investigate CIA abuse is a "declaration of war" against the Agency

Published August 25, 2009 4:45PM (EDT)

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., is upset by Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to have a prosecutor open a preliminary investigation into some CIA abuse of detainees -- "furious," actually. He's never one to hold his tongue in that situation, and this is no exception. He told Politico's Ben Smith, "It’s bullshit. It’s disgraceful. You wonder which side they’re on."

King also called the move a "declaration of war against the CIA, and against common sense," and lambasted his own party's response to the move, which he saw as weak.

"They’ve declared war on the CIA. We should resist and fight back as hard as we can," King said. "It should be a scorched earth policy ... This goes to the heart of our national defense. We should do whatever we have to do."

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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