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Hillary Clinton Blasts Cheney As Not 'Reliable'

Wednesday, 22 Apr 2009 01:32 PM

By David A. Patten

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton slammed former Vice President Dick Cheney in testimony before Congress Wednesday, saying she did not consider him a “reliable” source of information.

Clinton’s jab came during testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Cheney says the Obama administration declassified only portions of Justice Department memos that invited criticism of the coercive interrogation measures used by the CIA. Other memos, he says, show the interrogations elicited vital intelligence that protected Americans, and urged Obama to release those documents as well.

The pointed exchange began as Rep. Dana Rohrbacher, R-Calif., asked Clinton whether she would support releasing the memos Cheney described.

"Well, it won't surprise you, I don't consider him a particularly reliable source of information," Clinton replied, referring to Cheney.

That response spurred Rohrbacher to redouble his efforts to get a straight answer, saying he was not asking for Clinton’s opinion of Dick Cheney.

"Madam secretary, I asked you a specific question," Rohrbacher reiterated.

Clinton’s response: "Congressman, I believe we ought to get to the bottom of this entire matter. I think it is in the best interest of our country, and that is what the president believes, and that is why he has taken the actions he did."

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