The Senate and White House continue to fight over the CIA torture report
Earlier this week, Senator Dianne Feinstein told reporters that the White House and the Senate Intelligence Committee were finally closing in on an agreement to finalize the release of the declassified executive summary of the CIA torture report, but those discussions have reached yet another roadblock as the White House tries desperately to censor as much of the report as it possibly can, according to The New York Times.
“We are down to essentially one item in the redaction,” said Senator Feinstein, speaking of her months-long struggle with the CIA over parts of the 490-page executive summary that the agency has maintained should be blacked out, as quoted by NPR. “It happens to be a very sensitive and important item.”
“The White House is continuing to put up fierce resistance to the release of the report,” said one knowledgeable Senate aide, as quoted by Tech Dirt. “Ideally, we should be closing ground and finalizing the last stages right now so that we can release the report post-Thanksgiving. But, despite the fact that the committee has drastically reduced the number of pseudonyms in the report, the White House is still resisting and dragging this out.”
With the end of their time in power fast approaching, some Democrats have suggested taking the extreme step of bypassing the executive branch entirely and declassifying the report themselves. There are a few ways that the Senate could go about doing this, such as using the Constitution’s “speech or debate clause” to read it into the record from the Senate floor, but this is seen as more of a last resort.