Attorney General Eric Holder told senators today that a long-awaited ethics report on the conduct of former Justice Department lawyers who authorized the use of harsh interrogation “should be ready at the end of the month.”
Holder, speaking at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, said a career prosecutor is looking over the Office of Professional Responsibility report for the last time.
“The report is complete and being reviewed now and is in its last stages,” Holder said in response to a question from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).
In June, the Attorney General said the report, now more than four years in the making, would be ready in a “matter of weeks.” Today, Holder said the effort took longer than anticipated because the Justice Department afforded lawyers representing the subjects of the report time to respond to its conclusions.
The report looks at whether legal advice in the memos that authorize harsh interrogation techniques met professional standards required of Justice Department lawyers. The Office of Professional Responsibility’s findings are said to be harshly critical of Jay Bybee, the former head of the Office of Legal Counsel, and John Yoo, a former deputy.
It is still unclear when and to what extent the report will be made public.