McCain's rejection of Haspel weighing on senators

McCain's rejection of Haspel weighing on senators

McCain's rejection of Haspel weighing on senators

Vice President Mike Pence can be relied on to break a tie. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who released the 2014 torture report as then-chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, wrote in a statement.

On being asked if she would make personal pledge of loyalty to Trump if he asked, Haspel said she doesn't think the US President would do that.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth criticizes Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate and former Marine Kevin Nicholson for questioning the "cognitive thought process" of veterans who are Democrats. One concerns the message it would send to the president, who has claimed to be a fan of torture.

MARTIN: I remember speaking with you a few weeks ago about Gina Haspel. It is Mr Trump, not Ms Haspel, who makes her record most problematic.

Senators have asked several of Trump's Cabinet nominees to commit to stand up to the president and inform Congress if he were to pressure them to do anything legally or morally questionable. His view represents that of most of his fellow republicans. Haspel's conduct in overseeing a Central Intelligence Agency black site in Thailand conducting torture and her drafting of a memo to destroy 92 tapes of the torture make her morally unfit for any job in government, much less heading the Central Intelligence Agency.

Despite the tainted human rights record, Haspel insisted that she has "a strong sense of right and wrong".

'CIA has learned some tough lessons, ' Haspel said, explaining that in retrospect the agency was not prepared to conduct the detention and interrogation program employed after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States by al Qaeda militants. Haspel's fate hinges on how well she fields tough questions from senators who want details of her time running a covert detention site where terror suspects were brutally interrogated and seek an explanation for why she wanted videos of the sessions destroyed.

"On my watch, : Haspel said, "C.I.A. will not restart a detention and interrogation program". She might have been closer to the events - but they were in a better position to end the program than she was, and they took no steps to do so.

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Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and three of his Democratic colleagues recently wrote a letter to Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, asking that his office, which oversees all USA intelligence agencies, declassify the documents. Like Mr. Obama, she's a charismatic rookie senator of mixed ethnic background (born to Indian and Jamaican parents), and her intent is to go just as high as he did.

"I intend to support Gina Haspel to serve as the first female Director of the CIA", Sen.

"Senator, I think I've answered the question", Haspel said. She says she didn't leave for three years.

"She's a person of distinct integrity". When the committee's top Democrat, Sen.

In no way is this meant to defend waterboarding or other forms of torture; this newspaper strenuously denounced such abuses throughout the Bush administration, and we continue to do so.

Committee members tried to pin down the nominee on the question of torture. She said on CNN she would vote against the nomination.

The protesters began yelling, "stop the torture, stop the torture" and "don't reward torture". Before the hearing, a small group of protesters shouted, 'Say no to torture, ' before also being removed.

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