The House Intelligence Committee will continue to investigate that destruction of the CIA torture tapes despite the demand from the Justice Department to halt any independent inquiry.
The only real danger in Congress going forward would be granting immunity as it did with Oliver North. North would have been sent to jail except for the complications caused by the granting of immunity by committees investigating Iran-Contra.
This is a welcomed decision and hopefully Judge Kennedy and other courts will also reject the self-serving effort by the Bush Administration to both investigate itself and to prevent anyone else from investigating. The one thing missing is for Congress to frame the matter correctly: whether evidence of torture was destroyed and whether the crime of torturing suspects was ordered by the President.
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