(NBC News) One day after the release of the Senate report on C.I.A. torture there are calls from overseas and from Capitol Hill for those responsible to be prosecuted.
The White House says prosecutions aren’t their responsibility. “That’s not a question for the President of the United States,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday. “It is not the President of the United States who conducts a criminal inquiry.”
The Senate report is old news to Justice Department lawyers who saw the details years ago and decided not to prosecute C.I.A. personnel.
Some Democrats are outraged. “It is bad enough not to prosecute these officials, but to reward or promote them and risk the integrity of the U.S. government to protect them is incomprehensible,” says Colorado’s Senator Mark Udall.
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