Second Democratic Senator Backs CIA Nominee Haspel

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A leading US Republican Senator has advised his colleagues in the Senate against confirming Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee for CIA director who is accused of involvement in the agency " s torture programme.

At her confirmation hearing Wednesday, Haspel vowed that she would not restart the CIA's detention and interrogation program if confirmed to the top job. Trump has agreed with Cheney, saying during his campaign that "torture works".

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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. His opponent will be the state attorney general, Patrick Morrisey, who this week came through a Republican primary featuring the ex-coal boss and convicted felon Don Blankenship, whom Trump rejected as unelectable.

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Two Republican senators have announced their opposition to Haspel's nomination: Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona, who is battling brain cancer and is not expected to be present for the voting.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to vote on Haspel next week, and the full Senate later this month. "Or you can send Republicans like Mike Braun to drain the swamp". "Importantly, Ms. 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. No legitimate reason was given, but one could conclude it's because Trump nominated her. Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough asked if yesterday's hearing was just a sideshow for the Democratic base because no one could be that stupid and not know what Haspel was going to respond concerning our waterboarding program".

Her nomination has renewed the fierce debate over torture from the previous decade, in which McCain led the fight to outlaw the techniques that the George W. Bush administration allowed Central Intelligence Agency interrogators to use in so-called black sites around the world following the 9/11 attacks. "Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying", McCain said.

Cheney said he would have the program active and ready to be employed if needed. A lot of people try to call it that, but it wasn't deemed torture at the time. "People want to go back and try to rewrite history, but if it were my call, I'd do it again". Haspel spoke in Russian at one point, underscoring her long experience running clandestine operations against Russia, these people said.

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