First Senate hearing on interrogation methods used on detainees quickly turns partisan

Senate holds first hearing on harsh interrogations

WASHINGTON — A congressional hearing on terrorism-era interrogation practices has opened with harsh partisan recriminations.

At the outset of the Senate hearing Wednesday, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina took exception to a Democratic characterization of the proceedings as a look into Bush administration “lies” about extreme interrogation methods.

Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island had brought forth a theme centering on investigating “a body of lies.” And Graham told Whitehouse he thought the hearing was “a political stunt.”

It was the first such hearing since the Bush administration’s legal justifications for extreme methods became public.

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