Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) urged Attorney General Eric Holder at a meeting yesterday to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate former Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel lawyers including Jay Bybee and Steven Bradbury, authors of the memos released last week that detail the harsh interrogation methods authorized by the Bush administration for use against terrorism suspects, Nadler spokesperson Ilan Kayatsky said today.
Also this week, Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said his committee will hold hearings on the memos following the Office of Professional Responsibility report on the DOJ lawyers behind the letters.
Conyers gave a warning in the Huffington Post yesterday to the lawyers who he said knew they were breaking the law when they authored the memos: “We’re coming after these guys.”
Nadler told the Huffington Post on Monday that Bybee, who is a judge in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, “ought to be impeached.”
“It was not an honest legal memo,” Nadler, chairman of Judiciary’s Constitution, civil rights, and civil liberties subcommittee, told the Huffington Post. “It was an instruction manual on how to break the law.”