The President has said CIA operatives that carried out interrogations of al Qa'ida prisoners would not be subject to prosecutions. He was quite clear on this.
But, now, President Obama is saying that those in the Justice Department that worked on researching the law and wrote the opinion concerning the interrogation methods will be investigated and are subject to prosecution.
The President's clever dodge was to leave it up to the Attorney General, thus washing his hands of any repercussions. Of course, the AG is the President's appointee and serves at his pleasure.
At the White House press conference today Gibbs, the press secretary, squirmed and squiggled in trying to spin this change in policy.