Showdown Looms Over Cheney Staffer

VP battling House subpoena for key aide on interrogation policy
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2008 10:13 AM CDT
House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers says he will subpoena Dick Cheney's chief of staff to testify on interrogation techniques.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Whether a key Dick Cheney aide can be forced to testify is at the heart of a pending blow-up between Congress and the White House over a probe into interrogation techniques, Reuters reports. The House Judiciary Committee plans to subpoena Cheney's chief of staff, David Addington—but the vice president insists Addington, a key interrogation-policy player, can't be forced to testify.

Former Attorney General John Ashcroft and John Yoo, a former deputy assistant attorney general, have already agreed to appear. "In view of the many reports that Mr. Addington played a key role in shaping interrogation policy and drafting legal memos on the subject, it is very important to hear from him," said the head of the committee.