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Sen. Udall again calls on CIA director to resign

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Mark Udall

Mark Udall

WASHINGTON — Speaking on the floor of the Senate today, Sen. Mark Udall called once again for the resignation of CIA Director John Brennan after the release of a report detailing the CIA’s harsh interrogations of terrorist detainees during the Bush era and took aim at the Obama administration for abetting the cover-up.

Udall said, “Director Brennan and the CIA are continuing to willfully provide inaccurate information and misrepresent the efficacy of torture . . . in other words, the CIA is lying.”

Udall has made similar comments in the past, but he was especially harsh Wednesday in what was probably his final — and most unrestrained — speech on the Senate floor.

“There has been no accountability for the CIA’s actions or for Director Brennan’s failure of leadership,” Udall said. “Despite the facts presented, the President has expressed full confidence in Director Brennan and demonstrated that trust by making no effort at all to reign it in.

“It’s bad enough to not prosecute these officials, but to reward and promote them is incomprehensible. The president needs to purge his administration.”

Tuesday, Udall said he was satisfied with the report that was released publicly  and showed that the CIA misled the White House about the extent and brutality of its interrogation methods.

The long-delayed report, which took five years to produce and is based on more than six million internal agency documents, is a grisly account of the methods used by the C.I.A. to interrogate terror suspects.

“The release of the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s study of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program is an historic victory for our nation, the Constitution, and our system of checks and balances. This study ensures that the truth about the CIA’s brutal torture program finally comes out and that the agency can learn from its repeated missteps and start to restore its integrity,” Udall said.

Udall, who was defeated in November by GOP Senator-elect Cory Gardner, sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee and had long fought for the details of the C.I.A.’s torture program to be made public.

He first called for Brennan’s resignation in July after it was revealed that the CIA had spied on Senate Intelligence Committee members and staffers.

CNN contributed to this report.
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