Despite President Obama’s recent comments indicating that he would accept a bipartisan congressional “truth commission” to investigate the Bush administration’s use of torture, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is not quite ready to move forward with such a proposal. The Las Vegas Sun reports that Reid “declined to call for an independent commission” yesterday:
“I believe what we have to do is wait until the Intelligence Committee finishes its work,” Reid told the Las Vegas Sun.
Reid said Feinstein’s committee has subpoena power and can conduct closed hearings that he believes can produce results.
“The next step in my mind is to let her complete her work, because she can get to it a lot easier than anyone else,” Reid said. “That’s what we have to do.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has endorsed the idea of a truth commission.
Reid has previously indicated that he is “open to forming a bipartisan panel,” but he simply wants to wait until the Intelligence Committee completes its review. “I think that a few months waiting to determine the right way to go about this is certainly not going to hurt us. We’ve got to get the facts before we decide which way to go,” he told The Hill.