President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday ordering an investigation into the use of CIA torture techniques on prisoners at the CIA.
In the order, which was signed at the White House by Vice President Mike Pence, Trump announced a review of the CIA’s use of the enhanced interrogation techniques in response to the revelation of a series of videos that showed waterboarding and other brutal interrogation techniques.
The order also ordered an independent review of whether CIA interrogators were acting within the legal authority of the agency, and whether they had acted “in good faith.”
Trump has previously said that the torture of terror suspects in the U.S. has been a “total failure.”
He has also called for an independent investigation into what he calls a “disastrous” CIA program.
Trump’s order will provide for the review and for the “pursuant to Executive Order 13224,” to “provide an independent, full, and complete accounting of all relevant facts, the actions taken to prevent torture, and the legal and ethical framework that led to the program.”
The order directs the CIA to provide a summary of its findings to the public within 120 days.