Constitutional Law

Ashcroft & Yoo to Testify in Hearings; House Panel Subpoenas Top Cheney Aide

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A House panel is moving ahead with efforts to force testimony by those believed to have played leading roles in helping the Bush administration craft aggressive interrogation policies for terrorism suspects.

Former Attorney General John Ashcroft and John Yoo, a former Justice Department lawyer who wrote an interrogation memo that has since been repudiated, are among those who initially balked but have now agreed to testify, according to the Associated Press.

However, David Addington, the chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney has refused to testify without a subpoena, so the House Judiciary Committee voted today to compel his testimony, the news agency reports.

Additional coverage:

The Swamp (Chicago Tribune): “House panel summons Cheney aide”

Reuters: “U.S. panel authorizes subpoena of Cheney aide”

The Politico: “Yoo, Ashcroft To Testify On Interrogation Policies; Subpoena Authorized For Addington” “Conyers Threatens to Subpoena Ex-DOJ Officials” “Justice Department to Show Secret Memos to Intelligence Committees”

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