Rep. Peter King (R-NY.), who as recently as last week said publicly that there was no “direct evidence” that Osama bin Laden was in the compound in Pakistan when Navy SEALS raided it, changed his tune Friday morning.
King told Politico Wednesday that seeing the photos for himself would bring him “satisfaction,” and that he was anticipating a visit to the CIA’s Washington headquarters to take a look.
King took to the social web to tell the world what Obama — or, depending on who you ask, Twitter — announced late in the evening May 3: bin Laden is definitely dead.
Leaving CIA headquarters, saw bin Laden photos, he is definitely dead. Thank God.
King, who is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is known to be critical of the Obama administration’s security initiatives, once suggesting that the president should “use the word terrorism more often. ”
King most recently drew attention by holding a March congressional hearing that examined the prevalence of homegrown Islamic terrorists.
Update: King is now suggesting that Obama should “try to put a mechanism in place” that would allow interested family members of Sept. 11 attack victims to see the photos.
Some responses to King’s initial assessment:
wait, did Pete King have questions about whether Bin Laden was dead until he saw the photo?
Quite the tweet. RT @RepPeteKing Leaving CIA headquarters, saw bin Laden photos, he is definitely dead. Thank God.