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.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.