Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Trump CIA nominee Gina Haspel picks up support from second Democrat

Trump CIA nominee Gina Haspel picks up support from second Democrat

"I believe Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service and defence", he said in a statement late Wednesday night.

Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) are the only Republicans who have publicly said they will not support Haspel, while Sen.

Opponents of Haspel's confirmation also cited an order given in her name directing Central Intelligence Agency agents to destroy tapes of interrogation sessions at so-called "black sites", secretive prisons for terror suspects. And in 2005, under her boss's direction, she drafted a cable ordering the agency to destroy more than 90 videotapes of its interrogation of that man.

"Ms. Haspel's role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing". John McCain of Arizona, who was tortured as a prisoner in Vietnam, called on the Senate to reject her nomination, citing her refusal in testimony to acknowledge "torture's immorality". But it has had limited impact in the Senate, where Haspel was gaining support.

What's prevented her from being a shoo-in for the top job is her role at the center of one of the federal government's most sickening and indefensible programs, a brutal interrogation regime that used torture against terrorism suspects after the September 11 attacks.

Two days after taking office in 2009, Obama issued an executive order prohibiting all government employees from using any interrogation method that wasn't spelled out in the Army Field Manual, a military guide that banned brutal interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, which simulates drowning. Angus King (I-ME), who caucuses with Senate Democrats, said he would oppose Haspel.

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"I've always shared McCain's views on torture and looked up to him on this", Flake told reporters this week.

Fairly or not, Haspel has to bear the weight of those words as well as her own actions.

However, she said she would never bring back such programmes even if directly ordered by Trump.

Haspel is expected to get the nod from the GOP-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee, but senators are still deciding whether they will vote to confirm her when the full Senate votes in upcoming weeks. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who announced his support earlier this week-Haspel is on track to sail through the Senate, provided that no other Republicans join Sens.

Haspel's confirmation had been complicated by an intent to vote "no" by Sen. But, any potential damage done by this lack of support for could be negated by Democratic Sen.

Over the past few days, Mike Braun, the Republican nominee for Senate in IN, attacked Donnelly for being undecided on Haspel's nomination and playing a political game with his vote, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

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