Dems Demand Probe Over CIA Tapes

Kennedy draws Nixon comparison; others see obstruction of justice
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2007 3:06 PM CST
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(Newser) – Democrats accused the CIA of a cover-up today in the wake of the revelation that the agency destroyed interrogation tapes and called for the attorney general to investigate. Ted Kennedy rejected the agency's excuse that it scrubbed the tapes to protect interrogators and suggested the censors merely knew how “abhorrent” the methods were, the New York Times reports.

“We haven’t seen anything like this since the 18½ -minute gap on the tapes of Richard Nixon," he said. Dick Durbin asked the AG to look into possible obstruction of justice charges. Meanwhile, a White House spokeswoman said today President Bush "has no recollection of being made aware of the tapes or their destruction before yesterday."