Donnelly Becomes 2nd Democrat To Support CIA Nominee Haspel

Pauline Gross
May 14, 2018

She said she would not restart the "enhanced" interrogation program, even if Trump, who said during the campaign he might bring back waterboarding, ordered her to do so.

Haspel, he said, was offered an opportunity to explain her involvement and "account for the mistakes the country made in torturing detainees".

The comments didn't change Paul's mind about her nomination to run the Central Intelligence Agency. She should recuse herself and allow Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, to make the call on declassifying more of her record.

These agencies are not serving dictatorial regimes, but one of the freest nations in human history-the United States of America.

With a statement on Saturday that doesn't once mention the word "torture", Sen.

"I think you will find me to be a typical middle-class American", Haspel told senators.

Supporters of Haspel are pushing for votes by the Senate intelligence committee and the full Senate before the Memorial Day break, at the end of the month.

Waterboarding continued during her time in charge. It's time for him to get behind his fellow Kentuckian for this crucial position, not because she's a Kentuckian, but because it would be impossible to find anyone more qualified, more prepared and more suitable for the job.

But when asked by Sen.

"I had a tough, frank and extensive discussion with Ms. Haspel on a wide range of topics".

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She was warned that a pledge to simply follow the law would be insufficient. Mark Warner, D-Va., told Haspel.

The junior senator said he had not heard the actual comments so he could not respond to it.

"It never, ever fails", the president said.

"I'm not going to validate a leak out of an internal staff meeting one way or the other", she said. Both senators questioned her during Wednesday's hearing. What he would have to say about Haspel mattered.

"We need more people like Gina Haspel". Both Intelligence committee members from California, Sen. Angus King, a ME independent who caucuses with the Democrats. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, whose support was uncertain, said they also intend to vote for her.

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. "However, Ms. Haspel's role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing".

"Know this: That fact alone should be enough to cause the Senate to reject her nomination", he concluded.

The Hoosier senior senator becomes the second Democrat to publicly announce their backing for the controversial nominee.

Democrats have widely opposed the pick on those grounds, putting Haspel's confirmation in shaky territory. She was previously a correspondent based in The Post's bureau in Moscow.

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