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Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Vows to “Follow the Law” in Torture Scandal

Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr.

Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr.

I’ll say it again, it’s a good idea to investigate allegations of torture, but it will be extremely difficult to charge someone in this case. It just seems so difficult to not only find the right law that would apply, but one that would lead to a successful prosecution.


WASHINGTON (CNN)
— Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that he would “follow the law” as he weighed potential prosecutions of Bush administration officials who authorized controversial harsh interrogation techniques.
Some groups want Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the issue.

Some groups want Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the issue.

In Holder’s first public comments on the issue since President Obama’s statements on the matter Tuesday, the attorney general responded to questions briefly and cautiously.

“We are going to follow the evidence, follow the law and take that where it leads. No one is above the law,” Holder said at an Earth Day event.

Some human rights groups have demanded that Holder appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the matter, but the attorney general appears to be in no hurry to decide how to proceed.

Obama said Tuesday that the attorney general would ultimately decide whether to proceed with prosecutions of those in the Bush administration who drew up the legal basis for aggressive interrogation techniques.

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