GOP Threat to Link Memo Release to Johnsen/Koh Filibuster?:
Scott Horton reports, via Jack Balkin:
  Senate Republicans are now privately threatening to derail the confirmation of key Obama administration nominees for top legal positions by linking the votes to suppressing critical torture memos from the Bush era. A reliable Justice Department source advises me that Senate Republicans are planning to "go nuclear" over the nominations of Dawn Johnsen as chief of the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice and Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh as State Department legal counsel if the torture documents are made public. The source says these threats are the principal reason for the Obama administration's abrupt pullback last week from a commitment to release some of the documents. A Republican Senate source confirms the strategy. It now appears that Republicans are seeking an Obama commitment to safeguard the Bush administration's darkest secrets in exchange for letting these nominations go forward.
  I don't know if this is true. But if it is, it makes me eager to see those memos.

  UPDATE: I have closed the comment thread, as the initial comments suggest that this topic is mostly triggering thoughtless ideological sniping that isn't worth anyone's time to read.