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Following the deadliest attack on law enforcement since Sept. 11, President Obama and former President George W. Bush attended an interfaith memorial on Tuesday to honor the five law enforcement officers killed during a peaceful protest in Dallas.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch testified before the House Judiciary Committee for several hours on Tuesday, fielding questions about the probe of Hillary Clinton's emails during her tenure as secretary of state, the backlog of cases in immigration courts, the mass shooting in Orlando, the two police shooting deaths in Minnesota and Louisiana, and the murders of police officers in Dallas, among other things.

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Feinstein Wants CIA To Speed 'Torture Report' Release

May 14, 2014
Originally published on May 14, 2014 7:22 pm

It's been well over a month since the Senate Intelligence Committee voted 11 to 3 to declassify and make public the executive summary and findings of its "Torture Report."

But it's not likely that will actually happen anytime soon.

The reason? The CIA — the very agency skewered in the 6,200-page report for its interrogation and detention of more than 100 terrorism suspects from 2001 through 2008 — has been given the job of deciding what to leave in and what to take out of the summary and findings.

And the CIA seems to be in no great rush to finish that job.

"I was told by the White House chief of staff [Denis McDonough] that it's probably not until July," said Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein when I asked her Wednesday when the CIA's vetting of the documents would be complete.

"I'm in discussion with Director [of National Intelligence James] Clapper to see if we can't move that up," the California Democrat added.

And is she comfortable with the CIA doing the vetting? "Not particularly, no," Feinstein said, "but I'm comfortable with Director Clapper's oversight."

Feinstein earlier this year clashed publicly with CIA Director John Brennan, accusing his agency of removing documents being used in her committee's investigation leading up to the report and improperly searching her staff's computers. The CIA, for its part, contends that Feinstein's staffers removed classified documents from a secure CIA facility.

Arizona Republican senator and Viet Cong torture survivor John McCain has also long criticized the CIA's post-9/11 interrogation methods, which included waterboarding.

Still, he said the CIA ought to screen the summary and findings before their release. "I also think that the vetting ought to be done in a way that doesn't conceal facts from Congress and the American people," he added, "and it should not take too long."

McCain said he did not know of a process in place to make sure facts are not concealed by the CIA, though he expressed confidence it would be plain if that's what is attempted.

"It's like child pornography," he said. "We will know when we see it."

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