Another Democratic Senator Announces Support For CIA Nominee Gina Haspel

13 May, 2018, 00:27 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • 02:59Dick Cheney Urges Continued 'Enhanced Interrogation' of Terror Suspects

Asked if she would stand up to Trump if he ordered her to resume an "enhanced" interrogation program, she first said, "I do not believe the president would ask me to do that", then added, "I would not restart under any circumstances an interrogation program at Central Intelligence Agency".

"As our country faces dynamic and challenging security threats, it is critically important that our intelligence agencies have the leadership and support that they need to help keep Americans safe and defend our nation from those who wish to do us harm", Donnelly said in a statement, adding that Haspel has support of previous CIA directors who served under former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. "No legitimate reason was given, but one could conclude it's because Trump nominated her. Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough asked if yesterday's hearing was just a sideshow for the Democratic base because no one could be that stupid and not know what Haspel was going to respond concerning our waterboarding program".

Graham, who missed much of the Senate action this week to spend time with his friend at the McCain family home, said in an interview that it's thanks to the Arizona senator's work that Haspel will be required to follow the law, as she said she would do.

What's prevented her from being a shoo-in for the top job is her role at the center of one of the federal government's most sickening and indefensible programs, a brutal interrogation regime that used torture against terrorism suspects after the September 11 attacks. Kamala Harris to get her to condemn what the agency did in the past.

The problem for Haspel is that senators inclined to extend such a dispensation to her for her role in those frightening times must contend with the fact that she would be serving a president who looks back at those days and apparently likes what he sees. "Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying", McCain said.

In a closed session following Haspel's public testimony, the mood was less tense and more familiar, according to people familiar with the proceedings who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private discussions.

But she would not say that torture is immoral.


She has broad, but not unanimous support, from Republicans in the Senate.

So far one Republican, Sen.

"I've always shared McCain's views on torture and looked up to him on this", Flake told reporters this week.

However, she said she would never bring back such programmes even if directly ordered by Trump.

The panel is expected to send the nomination on to the full Senate in coming weeks where confirmation will be tight. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, announced he would vote in her favour.

She warned that confirming Haspel would send a message to allies that the US approves of what happened after 9-11.

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