Trump's Central Intelligence Agency nominee Gina Haspel clears Senate committee hurdle

Trump's Central Intelligence Agency nominee Gina Haspel clears Senate committee hurdle

Haspel's nomination moved ahead despite stiff opposition - including from at least three of Trump's fellow Republicans - over her part in the CIA's use of harsh interrogation methods, including waterboarding, a type of simulated drowning widely considered torture, in the years after the September 11 attacks. When Democratic committee staffers created a classified document providing details of Haspel's record to be made available to the entire Senate ― the kind of transparency permitted before past votes involving classified information ― a senior aide to Warner moved to further restrict access to the document.

The Senate Intelligence Committee's top-ranking Democrat, Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, and four other Democrats expressed support for Haspel.

Several Democratic senators and human rights organizations insist on scapegoating Haspel, even though she said she would oppose an order from President Donald Trump to restore the torture program.

Rand Paul (Ky.)-are openly opposing Haspel.

Tortured himself while a prisoner of war in Vietnam, McCain said the country should only use methods to keep itself safe that are "as right and just as the values we aspire to live up to and promote in the world".

The vote for Haspel is shaping up to be similar to last month's tally for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was confirmed with the backing of six Democrats from states Trump won in 2016, five of whom are up for re-election this year.

Yet the Senate now stands poised to confirm the nomination of Gina Haspel as CIA Director. If she were disqualified, so would have been appointees of the Obama administration who served in the intelligence community at that time.

At the request of Congress, the CIA has declassified documents shedding light on Haspel's career in covert operations, particularly in her reported role at the agency's "black site" in Thailand.

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The full Senate is now expected to take up Haspel's nomination before the week is out.

"Haspel has street cred - she is a 30-year agent who has been part of risky operations all over the world".

But the committee voted 10-5 to endorse Ms Haspel's nomination.

Bolstering the comments she made during her hearing, Haspel wrote, "I do not support use of enhanced interrogation techniques for any goal".

The first thing I want to do is apologize: to [accuser] Leeann, to everyone else who was part of that tour, to everyone who has worked for me, to everyone I represent, and to everyone who counts on me to be an ally and supporter and champion of women.

U.S. Senator Jeff Flake said Wednesday he would vote against President Donald Trump's Central Intelligence Agency nominee, meaning the GOP doesn't have the support of either Arizonan in the chamber.

She is a career intelligence official, but her nomination has been controversial because she was involved in the CIA's post-9/11 program of detaining and harshly interrogating terror suspects.

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