In some ways, the controversy concerning John Yoo and Jay Bybee — the former Bush administration lawyers who wrote memos sanctioning the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation techniques, is dying down.
The Justice Department earlier this week said it’s nearing the completion of an internal probe expected to recommend professional sanctions — but no criminal prosecution — of Yoo and Bybee.
But in other ways, the situation might just be heating up, especially for Bybee, now a Ninth Circuit judge.
An NYT editorial out Thursday again calls for Bybee’s impeachment.
Writes the NYT: “Mr. Bybee’s case is the worst. While Mr. Yoo and Mr. [Stephen] Bradbury returned to private life, President Bush rewarded Mr. Bybee with a lifetime position on a federal appeals court. The memos he wrote or signed made it clear that he was not fit to make judgments about the law and the Constitution. Congress should remove him.”