**PRESS RELEASE** Clinton Knocks Cheney, Rohrabacher Hits Back
Washington, Apr 22, 2009 - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lashed out against former Vice President Dick Cheney during today’s Foreign Affairs Committee hearing after Rep. Rohrabacher asked her if she agreed with Mr. Cheney’s suggestion that more interrogation memos be declassified. Secretary Clinton responded, “It won’t surprise you that I don’t consider him to be a particularly reliable source of information.”
Mr. Rohrabacher quickly shot back, ““ Madam Secretary, I asked you a specific question…Dick Cheney has asked that specific documents be declassified. I didn’t ask you what your opinion is of Dick Cheney and if you want to maintain your credibility with us, what is your opinion on the release of those documents.”
As time was expiring Secretary Clinton concluded, “I think we should get to the bottom of this entire matter. I think it’s in the best interest of our country and that is what the President believes and that is why he’s taken the actions he’s taken.”
“It is unconscionable that the Secretary of State called into question former Vice President Dick Cheney’s integrity,” said Rohrabacher. “She stretched her own credibility to the limits by suggesting the information about interrogations was not made available to her during her tenure as a sitting senator on the Armed Services Committee. That was a huge issue at that time.
“Her refusal to indicate support for the declassification of documents that gives context and greater insight into the interrogation decisions is a bad omen concerning the openness of this administration.”
“If this administration wants a bi-partisan approach it has got to stop attacking the character of former VP Cheney and release documents that demonstrate their commitment to transparency and accountability,” said Rohrabacher. “This administration is willing to disclose documents that will politically hurt the Bush administration but refuse to release documents that demonstrate interrogation techniques, now being criticized, were essential in thwarting a 9-11 style terrorist plan against Los Angeles. Potentially, thousands of American lives were saved.”