Sheldon Whitehouse kicks off Senate subcomittee hearings today on the Bush-era legal memos justifying harsh interrogation techniques. But it is, oddly, Democrats finding themselves on the defensive on the issue as questions linger about what Congressional leaders - particularly Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi - knew when about torture.
While the US House and Senate judiciary committees move cautiously on an independent review into the Bush-era torture memos released by the Obama administration, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is taking an increasingly aggressive posture.
The Rhode Islander's Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts today announced a May 13 hearing that will be Congress' first on the memos.
Lil' Rhody may be a long way from Guantanamo, but the escalating debate over Bush-era interrogation methods is putting a big ol' spotlight on our two fair Senators.
Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed are calling for an independent commission to investigate W's adventures in waterboarding. And things could be getting a little awkward in the Senate hallways.
U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse appeared on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show last night to discuss the release of Bush-era Justice Department memos justifying waterboarding and other War on Terror misdeeds.
Just days after The New York Times called for the impeachment of federal judge Jay Bybee, who authored some of the memos during his time as an assistant attorney general, Whitehouse said "it is certainly possible that an impeachment inquiry is warranted."