Top Senate intel Dem says he supports Haspel

15 May, 2018, 22:41 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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There are valid questions that have been raised regarding the Acting Director's record, and I have been frank with Ms. Haspel that I wish she had been more open with the American public during this process. Haspel was assured of a favorable vote from the committee, which has an 8-7 Republican majority, when Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced they would support her nomination.

Senators on the intelligence committee grilled Haspel earlier this month regarding her role in the post-9/11 interrogations and the 2005 destruction of video evidence of CIA agents waterboarding terrorist suspects.

"With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken", Haspel told Sen. With a 51-49 Republican majority - and one of the GOP no votes, Sen.

Intelligence committee members have seen this report, but so far other senators, who will vote on Haspel's nomination later this month, have not. Uh, Senator Warner? You do realize that Virginia is now a blue-leaning state, certainly not North Dakota or West Virginia or IN or whatever? A victim of torture as a POW during the Vietnam War, Mr. McCain has urged his Senate colleagues to block her confirmation.


"I'm going to support Gina Haspel's nomination to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency".

Haspel has been facing a potentially close confirmation vote.

But Mr. Paul's hometown newspaper, The Bowling Green Daily News, increased the pressure on him to support Mr. Trump's pick, publishing an emotional editorial recalling the days after 9/11 when "America lost its innocence". "And we did what we had to do in order to protect the country in accordance with the legal advice that we got from the Department of Justice", he said shortly before Warner announced his support. Richard Burr (R-NC) speak following CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2018. And some of his fellow lawmakers are not sure he will hold the line again against his party and his president's wishes.

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