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Meanwhile, CIA Inspector General John Helgerson and assistant Attorney General Kenneth Wainstein urged the House Select Committee on Intelligence to abandon its investigation of the tape destruction.
That inquiry would interfere with the inspector general and Justice Department's own investigation, they said in a letter to committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, and ranking Republican member Peter Hoekstra, R-Michigan.
"We cannot estimate how long this process will take or where it will lead, but pledge to advise you as soon as we conclude that our efforts are no longer at risk or that these requests can be fulfilled without jeopardizing our inquiry," the letter reads.
The tapes -- showing then-newly approved "alternative" interrogation techniques -- were recorded in 2002, CIA Director Michael Hayden said earlier this month in a letter to CIA employees