President Obama has refrained from substantial comment on the Senate torture report, unlike many members of Congress, such as Arizona's John McCain or outgoing Colorado Democrat Mark Udall. But Obama's press secretary made news on his behalf Wednesday.
Though Josh Earnest artfully dodged questions on the recently released report—an investigation into CIA "enhanced interrogation tactics" used on terrorism suspects post-9/11—he essentially affirmed that Obama agrees with the Justice Department's decision not to charge anyone in the brutal interrogations.
Asked by ABC News' Jonathan Karl whether Obama accepted that finding, Earnest didn't exactly affirmatively answer. But he implied that the president agreed that no crimes were committed.
"The president has confidence both in the justice system," he said, "and in the way that it was deployed in this particular situation."
With the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report Tuesday, brutal interrogation tactics were made public in sickening detail for the first time. The 500-page account revealed that CIA interrogators repeatedly waterboarded detainees, forced rectal feedings, subjected prisoners to sleep deprivation—in one case, for more than a week at a time—and other "enhanced interrogation" tactics.