DOJ Ethics Report Recommends Prosecution
This isn’t the long-awaited ethics report from the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility that Spencer referred to this morning, but another ethics report from that office reportedly bolsters Attorney General Eric Holder’s conclusion that the Department of Justice should re-open nearly a dozen cases of prisoner abuse and even murder that the Bush administration refused to prosecute.
David Johnston of The New York Times reports today, based on an anonymous source briefed on the report, that despite the fact that the Justice Department under President George W. Bush refused to prosecute, the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility believes, as an ethical matter, the DOJ now has to prosecute those abuse cases.
The OPR report was apparently provided to Holder at some point over the last few weeks. And its conclusions are being leaked to the media just as Holder is expected to make a decision to re-open those cases that the Bush administration had rejected.
Last week, GOP senators — including Kit Bond (R-Mo.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) – wrote to Holder and urged him not to prosecute those cases, warning that prosecutions would “chill future intelligence activities.” (Never mind whether or not the conduct was illegal.)
The latest ethics report now strengthens Holder’s hand.