The Justice Department has launched a criminal probe into the CIA's destruction of videotapes documenting the interrogation of two Al-Qaeda suspects. Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey appointed John Durham, a federal prosecutor from Connecticut, to head the inquiry. Durham has a reputation as a tough prosecutor; he has overseen investigations into FBI and other law enforcement corruption, as well as organized crime.
Congressional investigators have already started reviewing CIA documents and former CIA official Jose Rodriguez, who ordered the tapes to be destroyed, will appear at a hearing on January 16th. "The CIA will of course cooperate fully with this investigation, as it has with the others into this matter," said an agency spokesman.