Senators Say Bush Nominee Pressured Military Lawyers
Senators Richard Durbin and Edward Kennedy are calling for a new investigation into Bush judicial nominee William Haynes. Durbin and Kennedy sent this letter today to Sen. Arlen Specter asking for new hearings on Haynes in light of allegations he pressured military lawyers to support the Administration's military commissions bill. Here is the text of the letter, which I received by e-mail:
September 15, 2006
Dear Chairman Specter,
We recently learned of allegations that, in meeting earlier this week, the White House and Department of Defense General Counsel William J. Haynes pressured senior judge advocates general into signing a letter on the Administration's proposed revisions to the War Crimes Act and Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions. It is alleged that the JAGs were kept in this meeting for several hours, until they agreed to sign the letter. That letter was subsequently used to suggest that the JAGs supported the Administration's proposals.
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