In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday, US Attorney General Michael Mukasey
refused to investigate allegations of illegal waterboarding and wiretapping, arguing that the Justice Department could not investigate or prosecute somebody for acting in reliance on a Justice Department opinion
, such as those written
by John Yoo
authorizing torture, even if that opinion turned out to be wrong and the behavior criminal. (The former head the Office of Legal Counsel
has described these memos as "advance pardons"
Mukasey also told the Committee that he would not enforce
contempt citations against former White House officials
who refused to respond to Congressional subpoenas.