Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to the Justice Department’s investigation into the CIA’s destruction of tapes of detainee interrogations:
“I am encouraged that Attorney General Mukasey has opened a criminal investigation to get to the bottom of this story. I am also encouraged that he has appointed a career prosecutor from outside Justice Department headquarters to lead the investigation.
“It is essential that the CIA fully cooperate with the criminal probe and with ongoing congressional investigations. If anyone responsible for destroying the tapes did so illegally, they must be held accountable.”