The Washington Times - April 21, 2009, 06:52PM

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Michigan Democrat, said today he plans to hold a hearing soon on the recently-released CIA memos detailing interrogation methods. His office’s full statement is below:

Recently disclosed legal memoranda from the former Bush Administration raise grave legal, ethical, and constitutional questions.  The use of tactics described in these memos runs counter not only to basic notions of decency, but places our own prisoners of war at risk and weakens our national security. And the fact that these memos were authored and approved by senior lawyers of the Department of Justice challenges the very notion that we adhere to the Rule of Law in this country.

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The Office of Professional Responsibility will soon complete a report concerning the former Justice Department lawyers who wrote these memos.  The Judiciary Committee will subsequently hold hearings and investigate these matters.  If the OPR report is delayed further, we will have hearings in the near term in any event.  Critical questions remain concerning how these memos came into existence and were approved, which our committee is uniquely situated to consider.”