The chairmen “of the House and Senate Judiciary committees vowed hearings Friday on a report into interrogation abuses during the Bush administration,” The Hill reports.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) said they would press forward with congressional inquiries after the Justice Department released a report Friday condemning those lawyers’ conclusions, but declining to pursue criminal charges.
The Justice Department report, which was sought by Attorney General Eric Holder, accuses top members of the Office of Legal Council (OLC) during the administration of President George W. Bush of "poor judgment" in providing legal backing to the harsh interrogation tactics of terror suspects. In particular, the report harshly criticized two lawyers, John Yoo and Jay Bybee, for penning memos authorizing certain techniques.
Leahy announced “a hearing next Friday, Feb. 26 into the memos, and called on Bybee, who is now a federal judge, to resign that position.”
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