POLITICS
05/01/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

John Yoo, Torture Memos Author, Calls DOJ Report 'Shoddy' And 'Biased'

John Yoo, Bush administration lawyer and author of the notorious "torture memos" called a Justice Department ethics probe of his conduct and recommendations a "witch-hunt against Bush administration lawyers" done "under the pretext of a cooked-up ethics investigation."

Yoo delivered his response to the Office of Professional Responsibility report over the weekend in an Op-Ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The report found that Yoo did not violate standards of professional conduct.

"Not only did OPR's report reflect pure incompetence, it was obviously biased," Yoo wrote.

"OPR selectively tried to persecute only a few officials in the Office of Legal Counsel. OPR failed to interview, and reach conclusions on, the work of then-Attorney General John Ashcroft and other high-ranking officials, even though they received several briefings on our memos and approved them. OPR also excluded subsequent officials in the Justice Department who continued to approve of enhanced interrogation methods on grounds almost identical to the ones in our memos.

Read the entire Op-Ed in the Inquirer.