House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement on the decision by the Obama Administration to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the CIA officials who interrogated Al Qaeda terrorists:

“The men and women who protect this country should never have to worry that they will face criminal prosecution as a result of a political election. The Obama Administration’s decision smacks more of a witch hunt designed to satisfy political allies than a strategy to keep the American people safe. When asked about potential prosecutions of our intelligence professionals, President Obama himself has said that he wants to look forward and not back. It is deeply disappointing that the President and Attorney General have taken this course of action considering the fact that career professionals at the Justice Department previously determined that the facts did not support prosecuting our intelligence professionals.

“I’ve said repeatedly that politically-motivated prosecutions would have a chilling effect on the ability of our intelligence professionals to do their jobs. The terrorist threat to our nation today remains very real and our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan come face-to-face with terrorists every single day. Our intelligence professionals should be focused on keeping America safe and helping keep our troops safe, not about how politicians in Washington, D.C. and the Justice Department may prosecute them for doing their job.”


NOTE: Asked about potential prosecutions of our intelligence professionals at a press conference on April 21, 2009, President Obama said: “As a general deal, I think that we should be looking forward and not backwards. I do worry about this getting so politicized that we cannot function effectively, and it hampers our ability to carry out critical national security operations.”

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