During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, a top U.S. Department of Justice official acknowledged that the so-called Thompson Memo on the attorney-client privilege in corporate investigations has ignited complaints across the legal and business landscapes, but he vigorously defended the current policy as a sound one.

“I’ve got the [Senate Judiciary] chairman and ranking chairman upset; former department attorneys general and other officials complaining. Everyone is complaining,” said Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty. “But I believe the perception of how this works is different from the reality.

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