Bush Officials Lobbying To Soften Torture Report
Former Bush officials must be quite concerned about the forthcoming report on torture. The subjects of the probe are primarily John Yoo (r) and Jay Bybee (l), and it appears as though their attorneys are working behind the scenes to get the Justice Department to go easy on them. Another Bush attorney, Stephen Bradbury (c), is also being looked at, but a previous draft of the report makes no disciplinary recommendations concerning him.
In recent days, attorneys for the subjects of the ethics probe have encouraged senior Bush administration appointees to write and phone Justice Department officials, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the process is not complete.
Documents prepared between 2000 and 2005 allowed for waterboarding and body-slamming. The probe looks to determine if the reports’ authors told the administration what it wanted to hear. The report is due out by summer, but one hang-up is that the contents may contain classified information. The contents of the upcoming release will likely determine whether or not BushCo officials will be prosecuted.Click here for reuse options!
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