Early in his presidency, President Obama rejected calls for a “truth commission” to confront allegations that the CIA tortured detainees during interrogations.

He also rejected the idea of prosecuting CIA agents over the methods they may have used to get information.

Our colleague Steve Mufson wrote Wednesday — after the Senate Intelligence Committee’s scathing report detailed CIA torture techniques — that Obama had “wanted to avoid distracting and divisive criminal prosecutions or hearings. He believed any inquiry of his would look like an attack on his predecessor, President George W. Bush, and dispel any hope of bringing a bipartisan spirit to government.”

Ah, back in those days when “hope” sprang eternal.

But that whole bipartisanship thing was over before it ever began. Remember Vice President Biden claimed that his GOP pals from the Senate told him early on that Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had demanded a unified front blocking the new White House.

Six years later, the White House still isn’t sure CIA personnel who ran the “torture” program should be charged as criminals. Pressed on that issue Wednesday, Press Secretary Josh Earnest repeatedly dodged it and passed the buck to the Justice Department.

But if Obama is still hesitant to prosecute, his reason now probably doesn’t have a lot to do with keeping the bipartisan spirit.