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Senator seeks to defer to DOJ in CIA prison leak investigation

[JURIST] The chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Pat Roberts (R-KS) [official website], has told Senate leaders that Congress should not push for a probe into the leak of classified information on secret prisons to the Washington Post until the Department of Justice finishes its own investigation [JURIST report]. Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist [official website] and House Speaker Dennis Hastert [official website] called for a Congressional investigation [JURIST report] into who leaked information on secret CIA prison facilities in Eastern Europe, rumored to be used to detain international terror suspects. Roberts said he will "respectfully" ask that Frist and others reconsider their request for an immediate investigation. A spokeswoman for Frist said the majority leader had not decided how to respond. The Washington Post has more.

4:08 PM ET - The House Intelligence Committee [official website], meanwhile, will conduct an investigation into the possible leak of classified information about the secret CIA prisons, a Congressional aide said Thursday. AP has more.

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