McCain urges Senate to reject Central Intelligence Agency nomination

  • McCain urges Senate to reject Central Intelligence Agency nomination

McCain urges Senate to reject Central Intelligence Agency nomination

After graduating from high school in England, Haspel returned to the U.S.to attend college - she started at the University of Kentucky majoring in journalism before moving across the state and graduating with honors from the University of Louisville. Our nation wrote most of the worldwide agreements banning it. But Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, who announced he will vote against Haspel, and several Democrats on the committee said they thought she was not as forthcoming in her responses as they had hoped. Haspel told them she doesn't believe torture works.

'Having served in that tumultuous time, I can offer you my personal commitment, clearly and without reservation, that under my leadership, on my watch, Central Intelligence Agency will not restart such a detention and interrogation program, ' Haspel testified.

"I realize that there are strong disagreements on the effectiveness of the CIA's detention and interrogation program", Haspel wrote in answers to more than 100 questions submitted by committee members and released at her hearing.

An undercover officer for most of her more than 30-year career, Haspel in 2002 during President George W. Bush's administration served as CIA station chief in Thailand, where the agency ran one of the secret prisons where suspected al Qaeda extremists were interrogated using procedures that included waterboarding, which simulates drowning.

Haspel did also state during the hearing that she would not bring back the program if Trump ordered her to do so.

He says that he respects Haspel but that her testimony at Wednesday's confirmation hearing failed to fully explain her involvement in the CIA's enhanced interrogation program after 9/11 and account for the mistakes the US made in torturing detainees. "She is tough, experienced and backed by former Obama intelligence officials". She says that other agencies have that expertise. Using her vast experience and knowledge, she took the steps to confront terrorists and protect the lives of countless Americans. After McCain criticzed Mr. Trump in October - months after McCain's diagnosis - Mr. Trump said "people have to be careful because at some point I fight back". True patriot. Dedicated American.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN): "Gina Haspel will make a great CIA Director". She says she didn't leave for three years.

Cindy McCain also came to her husband's defense earlier on Thursday, when a guest on Fox Business praised torture as an interrogation method, claiming it "worked" on John McCain. "Proud to support the first female DCIA". "Ms. Haspel is eminently qualified, she is widely esteemed, and she is absolutely the right person at the right moment for this position".