Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee Friday on the Justice Department Office of Professional Responsibility report on the conduct of the so-called “torture” memo authors.
No other witnesses are expected.
Last week, the House Judiciary Committee released the long awaited report on former Office of Legal Counsel lawyers Jay Bybee and John Yoo, who authorized harsh interrogation methods for use on terrorism suspects. An earlier draft of the report said the Bush officials had engaged in professional misconduct. But Associate Deputy Attorney General David Margolis, a career lawyer who has been at the DOJ about 40 years, softened the OPR conclusion to say Bybee and Yoo showed only “poor judgment.”
Grindler is currently the second-in-command at the DOJ. He replaced former Deputy Attorney General David Ogden, who resigned earlier this month.
The House Judiciary Committee also plans to hold hearings on the OPR report, but the panel has not yet announced dates for the hearings.