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McCain urges senators to reject Gina Haspel's Central Intelligence Agency nomination


For some of us, the act of torture as an interrogation technique presents a most hard conundrum.

"She would bring more direct, hard-earned experience to the role of CIA director than any leader in the agency's history", McConnell said Wednesday in a statement. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who has said he expects Haspel will be confirmed.

Sen. Ron Wyden, Democrat of OR, asked her whether she had called for the program to be continued OR expanded in 2005-07 when the program was winding down. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., who scolded her for what she saw as her evasiveness in questioning. Haspel told them she doesn't believe torture works.

Other democrats are also undecided, but Donnelly's support seems likely to shift the numbers in Haspel's favor despite the opposition she has received. "And yet all we've gotten are select records that don't address her participation in extraordinary rendition", the senator wrote. "I believe that she has learned from the past, and that the Central Intelligence Agency under her leadership can help our country confront serious worldwide threats and challenge", Donnelly said, adding that Haspel "expressed to me her commitment to be responsive to congressional oversight and to provide her unvarnished assessment - both to members of Congress and the president". Her refusal to disavow such as actions has lost the support of Republican Senators John McCain of Arizona and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

The Indiana Democrat added that believes Haspel has learned from the past and that she expressed to him "her commitment to be responsive to congressional oversight and to provide her unvarnished assessment - both to members of Congress and the President".




Haspel's confirmation had been complicated by an intent to vote "no" by Sen. Donnelly and Manchin are up for re-election in November, and Trump appeared at a political rally Thursday in IN, in which he singled out Donnelly and called on voters to support the Republican nominee, Mike Braun.

The White House has noted that Haspel has backing from a number of Obama- and Bush-era intelligence officials including former CIA Directors Leon Panetta, John Brennan and Michael Hayden. Angus King of ME and Democratic Sens.

Sen. Donnelly joins Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala.; Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Bill Nelson, D-Fla.; and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

Haspel's chances of winning confirmation improved following a hearing that, while contentious, featured no major missteps by the nominee.

Trump in March tapped Haspel to replace Mike Pompeo, his new secretary of state, as head of the agency, but her nomination was quickly met with backlash over her role in the CIA's now-banned torture program.

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