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    US President Barack Obama will shield a 2014 Senate report on torture from Republican legislators who want it destroyed, by storing the document in his presidential library, according to media reports.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Two years ago, the Senate report detailed the use of waterboarding, rectal exams conducted with excessive force, and other painful interrogation techniques, and the document was shared with the White House, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Justice and other federal agencies, the Intercept reported Tuesday.

    After Republican Richard Burr succeeded Democrat Diane Feinstein as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2015, he requested that distributed copies of the report be returned to Congress. Burr’s request prompted concerns from Senate Democrats that the full report would be destroyed.

    White House counsel Neil Eggleston, Obama’s chief lawyer, has written a letter notifying Feinstein that the president intends to preserve the document in his official library with other classified material. Under federal law, it will remain secret for 12 years.

    Obama has banned waterboarding and other so-called enhanced interrogation techniques that were used on terror suspects during the administration of President George W. Bush.


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