NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009
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(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) President Obama’s policy shift on prosecuting Bush administration officials who approved harsh interrogations of terror suspects examined; memo from former White House lawyer Jay Bybee justifying waterboarding quoted. [With Jordan's King Abdullah, OBAMA – says it will be more of a decision for the attorney general.] [On ABC’s “This Week,” White House chief of staff Rahm EMANUEL- says Obama believes they should not be prosecuted.] [Senator Dianne FEINSTEIN- calls for holding back judgment.] [Senator Patrick LEAHY- criticizes Bybee.] [From Fox News, former Vice President Dick CHENEY – says they did not put out the memos that show the success of the effort.] ["New York Times" Scott SHANE- comments on the tactics not being questioned when they were approved.]
(Studio: Brian Williams; White House: Chuck Todd) The Congressional pressure on Obama discussed.