Donnelly Becomes 2nd Democrat To Support CIA Nominee Haspel

Monday, 14 May, 2018

Rand Paul, R-Kentucky - has voiced his opposition to Haspel. He urged the Senate to reject the nominee. In her confirmation, while she refused to criticize colleagues for their conduct, she pledged that there would be no return to those programs under her leadership. "I believe that she has learned from the past, and that the Central Intelligence Agency under her leadership can help our country confront serious worldwide threats and challenges". Again from The Times: "Ms. Haspel later became chief of staff to the head of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, Jose Rodriguez". Donnelly, a Democrat in a heavily Republican state that voted for Donald Trump in 2016, faces a tough reelection battle against self-described Republican outsider Mike Braun in November.

She needs the support of the majority of the Senate to be confirmed for the role.

With McCain out and Sen.

Democrats have widely opposed the pick on those grounds, putting Haspel's confirmation in shaky territory.

"Obviously, everyone has tremendous respect for John", said Sen.

"I think Brennan did a good job in his position".

"It's not just the issue of torture", he continued. She faced sharp questioning from Democrats over her role in the agency's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques", commonly referred to as torture, on terrorist suspects. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to pass a law to ensure no future president could tear up President Barack Obama's executive action banning torture. He claims that it is nothing special apart from water getting "at the back of your sinuses running down your eyes and nose", concluding his tweet with "It's not torture". It stems from McCain's experience as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War.

"Well here's the thing, we've got to know if we're killing the right people", the senator said. Haspel has herself vowed that the so-called detention and interrogation program will not resume under her directorship. Some senators asked about her morals. 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.

The panel is expected to send the nomination on to the full Senate in coming weeks where confirmation will be tight.

McCain's absence hung over the conversation.

McCain, 81, was diagnosed in July with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. Angus King of ME and Democratic Sens. Vice President Mike Pence can be relied on to break a tie. "I have enormous respect for Sen".

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

Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, who have read the classified material about Haspel but can't divulge what they've read, are frustrated. "That's what I intend to do".

Not until Washington had all but finished for the evening did McCain speak up from afar.

McCain, though, said he remained unsatisfied with Haspel's responses. "I'd have them active and ready to go, and I'd go back and study them and learn", Cheney said.