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Panel subpoenas top Cheney aide

May 07, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A House Judiciary Committee panel voted to subpoena vice presidential aide David Addington as part of a broad inquiry into the Bush administration's treatment of detainees.

Addington, chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, has signaled that he might testify under oath about controversial interrogation policies if lawmakers compelled him to do so.

On a voice vote, Democratic lawmakers called on Addington to answer questions about his role in drafting legal memos that underpinned coercive U.S. interrogation measures, including waterboarding. Civil liberties advocates have likened the methods to torture.

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