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Sen. Dianne Feinstein Still Pushing Obama to Release CIA 'Torture Report'

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By    |   Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016 10:27 AM

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is making a final bid to convince President Barack Obama to declassify a massive report about harsh interrogation techniques used by the CIA under former President George W. Bush.

In a letter, Feinstein urged Obama to make an unabridged version of the Senate Intelligence Committee's 7,000-page so-called "torture report" public before he leaves office, Politico reports.

"Last night, I handed a letter to Joe Biden to give to the president, so — be sure he got my original letter. You never know," Politico quotes the California Democrat.

"So, the time has come. The issue has been raised; it's been raised by the president-elect. It's time to address it. Let's look at the facts. The time has come to declassify the report, allow the general public to make up its own mind. At least, those that'll read 7,000 pages."

Obama had declassified the 525-page executive summary of the report two years ago. Politico notes it blasted the CIA's interrogation practices as they related to the war on terror.

There have been repeated calls for the release of the full report by activists.

Meanwhile, The Hill notes that Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., President-elect Donald Trump's pick for CIA director, has been critical in the past of Feinstein's original push for the release of the summary of the report.

"It is hard to imagine a sound reason that Sen. Feinstein would put American operators and their families at risk by demanding the release of details that are not in any way related to the legality or appropriateness of the programs," Pompeo said at the time, according to The Hill.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein is making a final bid to convince President Barack Obama to declassify a massive report about harsh interrogation techniques used by the CIA under former President George W. Bush.
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