DiFi skips Judiciary’s ‘truth commission’ hearing

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.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR

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