Rodriguez lawyers reportedly demanding immunity

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Lawyers for a former CIA official are telling lawmakers that he won't testify without a promise of immunity.

That word comes from a person close to the probe into the destruction of CIA videotapes that showed the interrogation of terror suspects.

According to that person, lawyers for Jose Rodriguez are making the demand for immunity.

Rodriguez used to head the CIA's National Clandestine Service. He ordered the tapes destroyed in 2005. He was scheduled to testify before a House panel on January 16th.

According to the source, defense attorney Robert Bennett told lawmakers that he wouldn't let Rodriguez testify because of the criminal investigation into the case.

Without a promise of immunity, anything Rodriguez said at the hearing could be used against him in court.


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