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DiFi skips Judiciary’s ‘truth commission’ hearing

By Josh Richman
Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 at 3:55 pm in Dianne Feinstein, President Bush, U.S. Senate.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing this morning on “Getting to the Truth Through a Nonpartisan Commission of Inquiry,” taking testimony from constitutional experts and legal scholars on what the focus and scope would be for a proposed “truth commission” to probe the Bush Administration’s national security and executive power policies. (View the hearing’s archived, two-hour Webcast here.)

“There are some who resist any effort to look back at all, while others are fixated on prosecution, even if it takes all of the next eight years, or more, and further divides this country,” chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said in his opening statement. “Over the last month, I have suggested a middle ground to get to the truth of what went on during the last several years, in a way that invites cooperation. I believe that that might best be accomplished though a nonpartisan commission of inquiry. I would like to see this done in a manner removed from partisan politics. Such a commission of inquiry would shed light on what mistakes were made so that we can learn from these errors and not repeat them.”

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., sits on the Judiciary Committee but didn’t attend this hearing and “hasn’t seen a proposal for a truth commission,” so she won’t comment, spokesman Gil Duran said today. He did note, however, that Feinstein — who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee — issued a statement last Friday saying her panel “will conduct a review of the CIA’s detention and interrogation practices, and we will have a brief statement to issue on that subject in the near future.”

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  • RR

    Truthiness is what Leahy is after. (See Stephen Colbert)