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House Panel To Consider Feith Subpoena On Tuesday

A House panel will consider a subpoena for former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith on Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) announced on Monday.

Nadler heads the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, which has been investigating the use of harsh interrogation techniques on detainees in U.S. custody.

According to a release from Nadler, Feith had agreed to testify voluntarily before the subcommittee, however, on the morning of the hearing he informed Nadler that he was unwilling to appear.

Feith was scheduled to appear before the panel last Wednesday at a hearing on the role that Bush Administration lawyers played in the creation and implementation of controversial interrogation policies used on some detainees in U.S. custody. 

Many Democrats had been eagerly anticipating the chance to grill Feith, a close adviser to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

The panel will consider the subpoena in a meeting scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow.

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