Bush Administration Still Leaning on Justice Department From Beyond the Grave

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Sure, they may be out of office, but that doesn't mean Bush administration officials can't still engage in one of their favorite former pastimes — trying to influence the Justice Department! The Washington Post reports that as the Justice Department wraps up a five-year ethics probe into the Office of Legal Council lawyers who wrote the memos authorizing torture, attorneys for the probe's targets are asking senior Bush appointees "to write and phone Justice Department officials" to try to "soften" the report. [WP]