- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Two Spokane psychologists contend a U.S. Senate report into CIA torture practices was politically motivated and the findings should be barred from their upcoming trial.

Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell, who helped design the interrogation program, have been sued by the American Civil Liberties Union in federal court on behalf of three men who contend they were tortured.

The Spokesman-Review reports ( https://bit.ly/2tN1X7z ) says the trial is set to begin Sept. 5 in Spokane.

In a recent motion, attorneys of the psychologists asked U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush to bar testimony involving the Senate Select Committee report of the CIA’s torture program in the war on terror.

They contend the publicly-released summary of the report was tainted by Democratic partisanship.

The ACLU says similar Senate reports have been admitted as evidence.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, https://www.spokesman.com

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