Panel approves Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director nominee

Panel approves Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director nominee

She again stopped short of declaring the program immoral and even suggested that members of Congress would have approved of waterboarding, anal feeding and extreme sleep deprivation if only they had been briefed on it.

Haspel now has the support of the majority of Republicans and endorsements from five Democrats.

On Tuesday, Haspel said that with the benefit of hindsight and her experience as a senior agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one that the CIA should have undertaken.

During her confirmation hearing last week, she said she doesn't believe torture works as an interrogation technique and that her "strong moral compass" would prevent her from carrying out any presidential order she found objectionable.

"With the benefit of almost 20 years of hindsight, and from your perspective as the nominee to be Director of the CIA, do you believe the Agency's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" was consistent with American values?"

However, all eight Republicans and two of the seven Democrats on the panel earlier expressed support for Haspel. "I have very grave concerns about Ms. Haspel and believe her background makes her unsuitable to be Central Intelligence Agency director".

Gina Haspel is picking up Democratic support and is expected to get a nod on Wednesday from the Senate intelligence committee. Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted with Republicans to advance her nomination to the full Senate floor. She did not say it is.

If confirmed, she would take the post left vacant when Mike Pompeo became State Department secretary.


The Intelligence Committee voted 10-5 to forward her nomination to lead the United States spy agency to the entire Senate, virtually assuring final approval of her nomination.

"Numerous experienced intelligence operatives agree that Haspel would be the best prepared CIA director in the agency's 70-year history".

Haspel served in several positions at the agency during her 30-year career including deputy director of the National Clandestine Service, chief of staff for the Directorate of Operations and chief of station for multiple stations in Europe and Eurasia.

Flake says he still has questions about Haspel's role in the destruction of the tapes.

Jeff Flake (AZ) announced Wednesday that he will be voting against Gina Haspel's nomination as CIA Director. Sen.

"In voting no to confirm Gina Haspel, Senator Jones is choosing to put partisanship over our nation's security". If she were disqualified, so would have been appointees of the Obama administration who served in the intelligence community at that time.

She is expected to have enough votes to be confirmed on the Senate floor.

Tortured himself while a prisoner of war in Vietnam, McCain said the country should only use methods to keep itself safe that are "as right and just as the values we aspire to live up to and promote in the world".

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