One week after President Barack Obama renewed his vow to try to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, Republican Sen. John McCain, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough headed Friday to visit the notorious facility.
Feinstein chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee and serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee. McCain serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
McCain announced the trip on Twitter:
Headed down to review the situation at Guantanamo Bay prison today with @senfeinstein and WH COS Denis McDonough
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) June 7, 2013
An aide to Feinstein confirmed the visit.
Asked about the trip, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden told Yahoo News: "Following up the president's May 23 speech, White House Chief of Staff McDonough is accompanying Sens. Feinstein and McCain to the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to review the situation there and discuss the steps that we can take with the Congress to meet the president's goal of closing the facility."