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Top Senate intel Dem says he supports Haspel


An aide for the Senate Intelligence Committee said the panel will vote on Gina Haspel's nomination on Wednesday.

McCain said last week he found it "disturbing" that Haspel had a role overseeing torture and could not back her nomination.

A second Democrat on Saturday said he would vote in favor of Haspel, even as Republican Sens.

An undercover officer for most of her career, Haspel in 2002 served as CIA station chief in Thailand, where the agency conducted interrogations at a secret prison using methods including waterboarding, which is widely viewed as torture.

"Over the previous year I've had the opportunity to work with Ms. Haspel in her role as Deputy Director, and I have always found her to be professional and forthright with the Intelligence Committee".

President Donald Trump's pick to head the CIA says the agency's enhanced interrogation program "is not one the CIA should have undertaken".




"See, I think people who have actually been tortured who are saying this is not a good thing, you should listen to them because you have never been tortured", she told Trump. Mark Warner, D-Va., who is among key Democrats whose votes will be crucial in the narrowly divided GOP Senate, especially after Republican Sen.

Democrats on the committee have written a classified report about Haspel's record and are offering it up to other senators to review in a secure room before the confirmation vote, Wyden said. John McCain, out of Washington battling cancer - additional Republicans would have to join McCain in opposing Haspel for her confirmation to be in jeopardy.

Heidi Heitkamp remains undecided on whether she'll support President Trump's controversial Central Intelligence Agency director nominee.

In her Monday letter, Haspel said that she would refuse "to undertake any proposed activity that is contrary to my moral and ethical values". But Rodriguez said in a recent interview with ProPublica that he told Haspel ahead of time that he meant to issue the order on his own, without informing Goss first.

"We were anxious about an irresponsible leak of our officers' faces to the world", Haspel told senators.

As for Mr. Paul, he has expressed deep reservations about Ms. Haspel since earlier this spring when Mr. Trump nominated her to replace Mike Pompeo, who became secretary of state. I also respect my colleagues who have made a different decision. The vote by the full Senate has not yet been scheduled. "And we hope that the Senate takes it upon themselves to confirm her".

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