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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Holder Wants As "Complete A Report" On Bush Lawyers As Possible

Attorney General Eric Holder restated his intention on Wednesday to release a comprehensive report, declassified to the fullest extent, on the legal advice provided by the Bush administration in its authorization of enhanced interrogation techniques.
Speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Holder said that delays in releasing the findings of the Office of Professional Responsibility's (OPR) investigation into former President George W. Bush's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) was the result of administrative obstacles and not political foot-dragging or objections from the CIA
"No it is not," he said, when asked if CIA interference was a factor in delaying the publication of the OPR report.
"It is our hope to release as complete a report as we can," Holder said. "And one of the things that I think we want to do is declassify as much of this report as we can so that when people read it... they will have a full feeling for what it is, how the lawyers in the OPR dealt with (the investigation) and what is the basis of the conclusions that they reached."
Holder's remarks came in response to questioning from Rhode Island Democrat Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, who noted that the Senate had been told more than a year ago of a pending investigation into the legal rational used by the Bush administration lawyers.
The Attorney General's testimony came on the same morning that the Washington Post reported that the CIA was pushing the Obama White House to suppress key findings of a separate report by the agency's own inspector general. That report is believe to show that the torture of terrorism suspects had not yielded strong or operational information. LinkHere


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