Well, it’s about time! Attorney General Eric Holder has finally announced that the Department of Justice will drop the investigation into CIA interrogators. An investigation into the deaths of two detainees will go on, according to National Journal.
“The department has determined that an expanded criminal investigation of the remaining matters is not warranted,” Holder said in a statement.
Holder said he accepted the recommendation of longtime federal prosecutor John Durham to proceed with a criminal investigation into the deaths of the two detainees, adding that Durham’s team “reviewed a tremendous volume of information pertaining to the detainees” that included “both information and matters that had never previously been examined by the department.”
the attorney general tapped Durham in 2009 to review cases of alleged detainee mistreatment and death at the hands of CIA interrogators and contractors under the George W. Bush administration.
The probe has been hanging over the CIA, and Holder’s decision to end it was immediately welcomed by key officials.
Notably, Holder made his announcement only minutes before the Senate voted 94-0 to confirm Gen. David Petraeus as the next CIA director. The announcement was also made on the last day for current CIA Director Leon Panetta, who is heading to the Pentagon as the next Defense secretary.
“After extensive examination of more than 100 instances in which CIA had contact or was alleged to have had contact with terrorist detainees, [Durham] has determined that no further law enforcement action is appropriate in all but two discrete cases,” Panetta said in a message to CIA employees.
Allahpundit wonders if this was a “going-away present for Panetta or a ‘clean slate’ housewarming present for Petraeus.” I’m wondering if Patraeus negotiated it before taking the job.