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Light at the End of the Tunnel for Dawn Johnsen’s OLC Confirmation?

US-DeptOfJustice-SealGood news! As soon as the health care bill is passed, the Senate will finally turn its attention to confirming Dawn Johnsen as head of Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel. Yippee!

The investigation into the OLC’s role in the use of torture under the Bush administration is virtually complete, but the Obama folks are taking the extra step of having it reviewed by David Margolis of the DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility because they don’t want any of the targets of the investigation to have ANY ground to contest the report process. Yippee! Let’s hear it for “belt and suspenders” legal work.

However, it is expected that the OPR report will be out BEFORE Dawn Johnsen comes up for a vote. Yippee!

Why yippee on that last one you ask?

Well, those who shall remain nameless, but who seem to have some advance inkling of the report’s contents, are ready to dare, DARE I tell you, the Republicans to try to filibuster Dawn’s confirmation vote. The OLC investigation report will be taken to the floor of the Senate, and every time there is any sort of delay or lull, a passage from the report is going to read aloud; presumably to punish the GOP for burning floor time.

Which implies that the report is going to be a humdinger.  Yippee! We may finally get some answers.

Oh, and you know that legal defense fund former OLC Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee set up? It may be because, once again, folks are using the word impeachment in the very same sentence with his name. He’s a federal judge these days, and is subject to removal by impeachment.

Hang onto your hats, pups, it may be a wild ride.

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Cynthia Kouril

Cynthia Kouril

Cynthia Kouril is a former Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York under several different U.S. Attorneys, former counsel to the Inspector General for the N.Y.C. Department of Environmental Protection where she investigated threats to the New York City water supply and other environmental crimes, as well as public corruption and fraud against the government, former Examining Attorney at the N.Y.C. Department of Investigation and former Capital Construction Counsel at New York City Parks and Recreation.
She is now in private practice with a colleague whom she met while at the USA Attorney's Office. Ms. Kouril is a member of the Steering Committee, National Committeewoman and Regional Coordinator for the New York Democratic Lawyers Council, a member of the Program Committee of the Federal Bar Council and a member of the Election Law Committee at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She is active in several other Bar Associations.
Most important of all, she is a soccer mom.