Kerry Slams Cheney on ‘This Week’

By Jacqueline Klingebiel

Aug 30, 2009 10:46am

In our interview this morning, John Kerry hit back at Dick Cheney's charge on Fox News that the Attorney General's decision to investigate possible CIA abuses is an "outrageous political act."

“Dick Cheney has shown through the years, frankly, a disrespect for the constitution for sharing of information to Congress and a [dis]respect for the law and I’m not surprised that he’s upset about this,” Kerry told me this morning on “This Week.”

Senator Orrin Hatch defended the former Veep's position, saying that the Obama Administration’s probe into CIA interrogation techniques of terror detainees would weaken efforts for protecting national security.

“We don’t want to cripple our ability in very crucial times to get the information we gotta have to save our country and to protect our people,” Hatch told me during our interview this morning on 'This Week.'

Kerry conceded that the issue has caused tension within the administration itself.

“There’s a little bit of tension between the White House and the lawyers (Justice Department) as they see the law and what their obligation is. And in a sense that’s good, it’s appropriate because it shows we have an Attorney General who is not perusing the political agenda, who is doing what he believes the law requires him to do. And we have an administration on the other hand that is balancing those other issues.”

WATCH it here.

- George Stephanopoulos

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