Defending the Defenders
Ex-Bush Officials Launch Bid to Soften Interrogation Report
Former Bush administration officials are lobbying behind the scenes to push Justice Department leaders to water down an ethics report criticizing lawyers who blessed harsh detainee interrogation tactics, according to two sources familiar with the efforts.
In recent days, attorneys for the subjects of the ethics probe have encouraged senior Bush administration appointees to write and phone Justice Department officials, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the process is not complete.
Can't say as I blame them, I guess. But surely they realized that someone at DOJ would rat them out, didn't they?