Top Senate intel Dem says he supports Haspel

Haspel Now Says CIA Waterboarding Never Should Have Happened

Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Haspel said outright that CIA should not have used such methods, even if they were deemed legal.

A committee vote on Haspel is scheduled for Wednesday morning. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate GOP anger over McCain insult grows Conway: Heads will roll after latest White House leak McConnell praises McCain: "A genuine American hero" MORE's (Ariz.) opposition to her nomination.

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

According to the Washington Post, a study the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded that "the CIA's use of torture and other harsh interrogation techniques did not produce unique, critical intelligence that had not been replicated elsewhere or obtained through other means".

At her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, Haspel told lawmakers she would not restart the agency's torture program ― which included waterboarding ― if confirmed as the CIA's director.

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The CIA declassified a review that found "no fault with the performance" of Haspel in the destruction of the videotape evidence, which could help clear the air for senators who are troubled by her involvement in the matter.

But most of the written questions, like in her hearing, addressed issues related to the CIA's defunct torture program and her role in it. So far, just two Democrats in the Senate have said they plan to vote in favor of Haspel.

Amid an intensifying public debate on torture, President Donald Trump's pick to head the CIA on Tuesday said the harsh interrogation program the agency ran at black sites after the September 11 attacks should not have been undertaken. "While I won't condemn those that made these hard calls, and I have noted the valuable intelligence collected, the program ultimately did damage to our officers and our standing in the world", she wrote. Stand with John McCain against torture. Three other Democratic senators have come out in favor of Haspel - Sens. According to Haspel, she categorically against the resumption of this program. Joe Manchin (WV) and Joe Donnelly (IN).

"I think Brennan did a good job in his position", Sanders said. A committee vote is expected Wednesday.

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