President Obama is “putting this country at grave risk” by “weakening the capabilities of the CIA and diminishing our intelligence-gathering efforts,” Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., wrote in a Washington Post op-ed Friday.
Sessions, the former ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, cites as proof that the CIA under Obama “had taken no steps to detain or interrogate” Islamic extremist Umar Patek, who was apprehended by Pakistani officials on April 10. Obama, Sessions writes, has hampered the CIA by “second-guessing” the agency. Sessions further takes issue with Attorney General Eric Holder’s investigation of the CIA’s interrogation efforts.
“Instead of subjecting the CIA to a criminal probe of its response to the last major terrorist attack,” Sessions writes, “the administration should be providing the agency with all the resources and encouragement necessary to stop the next terrorist attack.”