CNN’s Phil Mudd Tears Into Senators’ ‘Collective Amnesia’ During Haspel Hearing: ‘I Am Pissed Off!’
CNN commentator and former CIA officer Phil Mudd on Wednesday tore into senators who have said they will vote against President Donald Trump‘s pick to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, saying that he is “pissed off” at the lawmakers’ “collective amnesia” when it comes to interrogation techniques.
Mudd delivered a passionate defense of his former CIA colleague, who Senate Democrats grilled on Wednesday, citing the fact that she went along with the use of the agency’s use of interrogation techniques against suspected terrorists shortly after the attacks on 9/11.
“I was among the CIA officers 15 years ago who spoke with the Congress in detail about the techniques we used. I spoke about the techniques that were authorized by the Department of Justice. I spoke to Republicans and Democrats. They were either silent or supportive,” Mudd said.
The former CIA operative noted that the Justice Department officials with whom the CIA spoke to determine if the methods were legal were Republicans, who the American people voted to put in power by electing Republican President George W. Bush.
“They were the highest lawyers in the land, including the attorney general. They told us this was not torture, that it complied with the Constitution, and it complied with U.S. law,” Mudd said.
Mudd, who is known for his impassioned, on-air tirades, later stated what had already become quite obvious: Mudd was “pissed off.”
“You can vote against Gina Haspel but don’t give me the collective amnesia about how it’s on CIA. I want to talk to the senators who told us that they represented American values and conveniently in 2002 and 2003 this represented American values. Now that we don’t face the same threat and have different senators it’s OK to attack one of my former colleagues, Mudd said. “I am pissed off.”
“This is collective amnesia. We didn’t do it. America did it. Get over it,” Mudd added.
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