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Obama AG Nominee: 'Waterboarding Is Torture ... And Thus Illegal'

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She was asked about the issue by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee.

"Waterboarding is torture, senator," Lynch said.

"And thus illegal?" he asked.

"And thus illegal," she said.

That was enough for Leahy, who quickly moved to a new topic.