Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Thursday renewed his call for White House officials to release all documents related to torture memos and any presidential authorization of controversial interrogation practices.
While thanking White House Counsel Fred Fielding for the recent release of records dating from 2002 to 2005, Leahy fired off yet another plea requesting that more recent memos and legal opinions by the Department of Justice be disclosed as well.
"You have provided to us some documents demonstrating the Administration's expansive and disturbing position on torture and related issues in 2002 and 2003, as well as documents from 2004 and very early 2005, withdrawing and minimizing those previous positions," Leahy wrote.
"However, we have not yet seen the 2005 memoranda recently reported in The New York Times, which apparently authorize the use by the Central Intelligence Agency of combinations of cruel and extreme interrogation techniques."
The Times article on Oct. 4 revealed that while earlier torture memos were rescinded, Justice Department officials issued two memos in early 2005 that sanctioned questionable CIA techniques, including the simulation of drowning.
Leahy's letter goes on to request documents showing "any and all revisions or modifications" of the White House stance on torture and also asks for a summary of "any and all" Department of Justice investigations or reviews of detainee abuse around the world.