Reimbursing Justice Department Employees for Fees Incurred in Using Private Counsel Representation at Congressional Depositions

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The Department of Justice may reimburse its employees for legal fees they incur in using private counsel representation at congressional depositions in circumstances where the Department was planning to provide Department counsel for official capacity testimony but the congressional committee refused to permit Department counsel to be present.

The Department should make individualized inquiries to determine whether the representation of particular employees includes representation of purely personal interests that should not be reimbursed.

Updated July 9, 2014