Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) is calling on the appointment of a special counsel to take legal action against the authors of the "torture memos" issued during the George W. Bush administration.
Nadler, chair of the House Judiciary Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties subcommittee is making the request in the wake of a Justice Department report recommending legal disciplinary action against the authors.
“A recommendation of legal disciplinary action means that the Justice Department has concluded that the authors of the ‘torture memos’ engaged in serious misconduct,” Nadler said. “Whether this misconduct was criminal must therefore be determined."
Nadler says under the law, all those involved in torture or the authorization of torture are subject to prosecution. He says a special counsel should be appointed to determine if prosecutable offenses occurred to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest within Justice.