In a closed-door meeting with bipartisan congressional leaders Thursday, President Obama reportedly resisted pressure from Democrats to investigate Bush-era interrogation techniques while questioning former Vice President Dick Cheney's call for the release of more internal memos that Cheney says will show the benefits of the tactics used on high-value detainees.
When House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, asked Obama to release more memos at the meeting, Obama said Cheney is only telling one side of the story, one senior Senate Democratic leadership aide told FOX News.
Obama "suggested that the situation is not quite that cut and dry," the aide said.
Aides who attended the meeting also said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told Obama she wants a "Truth Commission" to investigate Bush-era interrogation policies -- an option that has the backing of a number of congressional Democrats -- but Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., apparently didn't embrace the idea.
Reid had told reporters earlier Thursday that he wants the Senate Intelligence Committee to gather all the facts in its ongoing investigation and present its findings later this year before any action is taken on a commission. Aides to Reid say the leader does not support a commission, fearing there would be no GOP buy-in. But Reid did not rule it out Thursday.
And aides to Pelosi say she is not backing down. Near the end of Thursday's White House meeting, aides said Pelosi reiterated her position, underscoring the political problem Obama faces with his liberal base.
Among the other topics raised at the meeting was the possibility of Democrats fast-tracking Obama's legislative priorities through a budget maneuver known as "reconciliation."
Republicans and some Democrats oppose the tactic because it would prevent a long debate on what they consider complex issues.
But Obama said at the meeting that the maneuver may be used as "a last resort" on health care reform legislation.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., warned the president that it would cause serious problems and hamper bipartisan cooperation, GOP aides told FOX News.
The group also talked about the president's budget, including the upcoming $83.4 billion war supplemental spending bill, and the upcoming release of bank stress tests. The Senate Democratic source had no details of what was said but added that none of the members "appeared to have any heartburn about what was discussed."
Carl Cameron currently serves as Fox News Channel's (FNC) Washington-based chief political correspondent. He joined FNC in 1996 as a correspondent.