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2:40 p.m. Rep David Obey opens with story of political prosecution in WI.

2:45 pm Rep Frank Wolf (R., Va.) talked about 9-11.

2:50 Holder says OPR report should be done "relatively soon."

2:55 Obey is asking about prosecution for torture team.

2:59 Holder says DOJ task forces on interrogations and detentions will report in July, but does not actually answer the question of whether there will be prosecutions.

3:01 Wolf is worried that enforcing the law might make employees in the future feel they had to be careful to obey laws. So, Wolf repeats the question: will you pursue the prosecutions? AND are there docs that show torturing saved lives?

3:02 Holder will not prosecute people who acted in good faith on justice dept memos, but claims to enforce the rule of law blah blah and MIGHT be open to prosecuting the people who wrote the memos. Holder has not seen and is unfamiliar with any memos that back up Cheney's claims but he hopes to make all OLC memos public. Wolf wants ALL memos, OLC and otherwise.

Let him have em!!! Here's how crazy Cheney's claim is.

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3:09 hearing's being played live on MSNBC right now, and covered on CNN and Fox. Fattah is now asking about massive funding of prisons and pittance for re-entry programs, and about mortgage fraud.

3:10 Holder answers re mortgage fraud.

3:13 Asked again, Holder says he supports the Second Chance Act. He supports schools and parenting. (Not really his department?) He supports educating prisoners. (So why not fund it?)

Questioning drifting from topic of torture. I'm reading the news. NY Times has an op-ed from Roger Cohen, who wants immunity for torturers.

3:21 Schiff nails it. Holder said water boarding torture. Torture has occured. Laws must be enforced.

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3:25 Holder hems and haws.

3:25 Culverson wants to know if CIAers who did not act in good faith might be prosecuted. Holder says yes.

3:31 Serrano: if we do not prosecute torture we provide a recruiting tool to terrorists, and we leave people unable to travel outside the country for fear of arrest. But Serrano asks no question and moves on to immigrants issues.

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