Heitkamp undecided on Haspel; says McCain's opposition 'matters'

15 May, 2018, 22:27 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Heitkamp undecided on Haspel; says McCain's opposition 'matters'

Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee to head the CIA, says in a letter to a leading senator that the agency never should have detained terrorist suspects and employed brutal interrogation techniques against them. His videos, convinced Kennedy proves that simulated drowning is not torture, therefore, any allegations in the address Haspel that ex-military called "heroine" is groundless.

The letter comes ahead of Wednesday's committee vote on her nomination ― which she is expected to clear, thanks to the support of at least one Democrat ― Sen.

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. "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".

A counterterrorism expert slammed a former UFC fighter who voluntarily had himself waterboarded in an effort to promote President TrumpDonald John TrumpRomney denounces pastor slated to speak at U.S. embassy in Jerusalem Pentagon finds problems with Kushner-backed health program: report Apple CEO Tim Cook praises Parkland, "Me Too" activists in commencement speech MORE's pick to the lead the Central Intelligence Agency. Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate. With Warner's support, she is expected to have the backing of all eight committee Republicans and at least two of the seven Democrats. John McCain, out of Washington battling cancer - additional Republicans would have to join McCain in opposing Haspel for her confirmation to be in jeopardy.

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He said Haspel had not been straightforward to him in her answers at her hearing about whether she was aware the White House and other administration officials were against destroying the tapes at the time.

"Someone who has been an active participant and enthusiast for torture is not someone who should represent America", Paul said in an interview as he left the Senate for the week on Thursday.

"We got valuable information from debriefing Al-Qaeda detainees", Haspel told senators last week. "I have serious reservations about this nominee, and I will oppose her". "There's no one in the Senate who has even remotely the credibility he does on an issue of this kind". "And we hope that the Senate takes it upon themselves to confirm her".

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