Debra Burlingame, who lost her pilot brother on 9/11 when his plane crashed into the Pentagon, had a reportedly chilly exchange with President Barack Obama today. During a meeting with a select group of 9/11 families, Obama greeted Burlingame and even hugged her after a few pleasantries.
But when Burlingame asked about Eric Holder's plan to file criminal charges against CIA interrogators, Obama's friendly manner allegedly stiffened.
Burlingame asked Obama if he would voice his opinion to Holder on the matter of the investigation of the CIA interrogators. She said, "I know that as a former attorney ... you can't tell the AG what to do in an investigation, but these [the interrogators] are unsung heroes....and they have been exonerated in two justice department investigations. But that didn't satisfy Eric Holder....Would you, in light of what's happened, speak to him about standing them [the investigating prosecutors] down?"
Obama allegedly responded that Burlingame is right, that he cannot tell Holder how to conduct his investigation. Burlingame jumped in, saying, yes but "You can give him your opinion, will you do that?"
Obama said, "No I won't." And then he allegedly turned and walked away.
Burlingame suggested, "You can do it privately."
Obama allegedly responded, "No."
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And here is a clip of Burlingame being interviewed on Hannity's radio show: