Sunday, July 12, 2009

A Special Prosecutor for Torture?

Newsweek reports that AG Holder is considering a Special Prosecutor of Bush admin torture.
Holder, 58, may be on the verge of asserting his independence in a profound way. Four knowledgeable sources tell NEWSWEEK that he is now leaning toward appointing a prosecutor to investigate the Bush administration's brutal interrogation practices, something the president has been reluctant to do. While no final decision has been made, an announcement could come in a matter of weeks, say these sources, who decline to be identified discussing a sensitive law-enforcement matter. Such a decision would roil the country, would likely plunge Washington into a new round of partisan warfare, and could even imperil Obama's domestic priorities, including health care and energy reform. Holder knows all this, and he has been wrestling with the question for months.
Needless to say, if Holder appoints a Special Prosecutor the GOP will go into full revolt, the likes of which we have not seen in a very long time.

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