Bybee refuses to respond to Leahy’s testimony invitation.

On Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) sent a letter to Judge Jay Bybee inviting him to testify about his “views” about torture and his “role” in drafting the torture memos. In the letter, Leahy wrote, “I look forward to your cooperation and your testimony.” But the Los Angeles Times reports today that Bybee has “declined to respond” to Leahy’s letter. Bybee’s law clerks initially gave contradictory messages about how the judge would respond, but law clerk Keith Woffinden tried to clean up the confusion, telling the paper, “my impression is that there won’t be any further statements” beyond Bybee’s comments to the New York Times.

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