Wyden, above, spoke to reporters about CIA director nominee Brennan from the Senate Democrats’ retreat Wednesday.
The White House still is holding fast to it current policy of keeping the legal memos secret, Wyden noted.
“That is wrong. It’s unacceptable. And what it means [is] that all the speeches given buy the executive branch with respect to transparency and accountability really don’t mean much,” he said.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responded to Wyden’s complaints in his daily briefing. “The president has been and is committed to working with Congress on these matters and to providing information to Congress. And that process continues,” he said.
Carney added that information is kept secret “not to keep it from the American people but to keep it from those who plot daily, and continually, to do harm to the United States.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.