Senate Intelligence Committee Backs Haspel to Be Next CIA Director

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"As Director of the CIA, Gina Haspel will be the first operations officer in more than five decades to lead the Agency", said Warner, who is the committee's senior Democrat and vice chairman.

In a letter to Sen. It's not yet clear when the full Senate would vote on whether to confirm her.

McCain, who was beaten as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, has urged colleagues to reject the nominee over her past role in Central Intelligence Agency interrogations.

"After spending several weeks carefully evaluating all of the information available to me about Ms. Haspel and her career, reviewing her confirmation hearing, speaking with current and former public officials, and meeting with her in person yesterday, I have come to the conclusion that I cannot support her confirmation as the Director of the CIA", Jones said in a statement that might appease some of those in his base - three weeks before a primary election - who have been disgruntled with his vote for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other actions that seemed be less than critical of the Trump administration than he could have been.

The tactics are widely considered torture, although proponents of the program, including former Vice President Dick Cheney, dispute that label.

"I do not support use of enhanced interrogation techniques for any objective", Haspel wrote.

At her confirmation hearing last week, Haspel promised the Intelligence Committee that she would not restart the CIA's torture program, even if pressured to do so by President Trump.


"Ms. Haspel's involvement in torture is deeply troubling, as my friend and colleague, John McCain, so eloquently reminded us", Heitkamp said.

A letter from more than 100 former USA ambassadors said Haspel's confirmation would undermine diplomatic efforts to discourage torture by tyrants in other countries.

"I also respect my colleagues who have made a different decision", Warner said in a statement. John McCain, R-Ariz., who endured years of it as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who authored the Senate's definitive report on the CIA's practices - to declare Haspel unconfirmable.

Nelson, on the fence until now, has seen some re-election pressure Tuesday to vote for Haspel, with Republican opponent Gov. Rick Scott putting out an ad accusing him of being too party-line Democrat, and theNational Republican Senatorial Committee running digital ads in Florida encouraging voters to urge him to support her nomination.

"Being tough on terrorists is no reason to oppose", he said on Twitter. In November, McCain convinced Manchin to vote against Steven Bradbury to become the general counsel of the Department of Transportation because of his role in crafting the memos that authorized the CIA's use of torture in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

Trump himself has said the country should consider resuming the use of harsh interrogation techniques.

But for Warner, and for the Democrats who followed his lead to also announce their support for Haspel on Tuesday, it was enough. "Gina Haspel has publicly acknowledged that the CIA's enhanced interrogation program should not have been undertaken and has vowed to uphold our nation's laws and values in leading the agency".

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