Top US Senate intelligence Democrat backs Trump CIA nominee

Haspel Now Says CIA Waterboarding Never Should Have Happened

Haspel Now Says CIA Waterboarding Never Should Have Happened

The one person who might be able to stop the Senate from voting through President Trump's pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency is stuck thousands of miles from the Capitol as a key committee prepares to vote on her nomination. Richard Burr (R-NC) speak following CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2018.

She's expected to be given a positive recommendation from the committee, and will then likely face a full Senate vote sometime next week. "The United States must be an example to the rest of the world, and I support that".

Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Mark Warner, D-Va., and Sen.

Green Beret sniper Tim Kennedy wholeheartedly supports Haspel's nomination, calling her an "amazing hero".

Haspel pledged at her confirmation hearing that she would never restart the program, in place in the years after the September 11, 2001 attacks, but did not go as far as saying it should not have been started. Though she vowed during her testimony never to restart a detention and interrogation program and said she would obey current law, she also refused to condemn the agency's defunct torture program and insisted that it had been legal at the time.

Such unusual move former military decided because of suspicions about the possible involvement Haspel to use enhanced interrogation techniques, in other words, the torture of suspects.

McCain, a war hero who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, is one of just two Republicans who have announced they will vote against her. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

McCain is known as a tough wrangler of votes, and his credibility on the issue of torture is widely respected among his colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

Most Republicans are expected to back Haspel, although Sen. 11, 2001 strategy, said last week if it were up to him, "I'd do it again".

Haspel has been facing a potentially close confirmation vote. It is also not clear whether the Justice Department will provide that second report to the lawmakers before the committee votes on her nomination.

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