John McCain Calls on Senate to Reject CIA Director Nominee Haspel

BE PREPARED Susan Gordon the deputy director of national intelligence has already had her name surface as a possible replacement should Haspel falter

McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner during the Vietnam War, said her "refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying". Trump has said in the past that he believes torture is effective and would consider reviving its use. Republicans make up eight of the 15 members of the panel, and they all indicated Wednesday that they would support Haspel when the committee votes in the next few weeks. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.

The protesters were among the first to be allowed into the hearing room and wore signs that read "No Torture No Gina" and "Don't Reward Torturers". While there, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, an al-Qaeda suspect accused of masterminding the bombing of an American destroyer off the coast of Yemen, was tortured.

King is the latest senator to say he will not vote for Haspel.

It was this line of questioning, among other things, that Haspel reportedly had in mind when she attempted to withdraw her nomination to the post of C.I.A. director, which has been steeped in controversy.

"I joined Central Intelligence Agency in 1985 as a case officer in the clandestine service", she said.

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"I believe Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service and defense", McCain, the Arizona Republican who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted favorably of Haspel, "I had the chance to watch Acting CIA Director Gina Haspel testify". Waterboarding is a technique that simulates the experience of drowning.

"The CIA can, probably, make the biggest contribution, in collection, about these countries' activities and various groups activities so that we can inform the USA government agencies that have to mount our defence", she said.

"CIA has been treated with enormous respect, and our expertise is valued for what we bring to the table", Haspel said.

"Senator, I've worked very closely with this president", Haspel said.

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"We were anxious about an irresponsible leak of our officers' faces to the world", she said. She appeared to find it shortly after the hearing when Democrat Joe Manchin said he would support her. The Intelligence Committee is expected to vote as early as this month on whether to recommend her confirmation to the full Senate. Functionally, Republicans now hold 50 seats to the Democrats 49, as Sen.

McCain has been home in Arizona battling brain cancer since the end of previous year, and is not expected to return for the vote. No Democrats have announced support for Haspel so far.

The request includes an attachment called "Additional Facts, Law and Argument in Support", which includes the six paragraphs, the New York Times reported. She said she was born in Kentucky and while her family has deep roots there, she grew up as an Air Force "brat", following her father to postings all over the world. She added: "The tragedy is that the controversy surrounding the interrogation programme" has "cast a shadow over what has been a major contribution to protecting this country". She joined the agency in 1985 and said she quickly discovered that she had a "knack for the nuts and bolts" of the profession. "I excelled in finding and acquiring secret information that I obtained in brush passes, dead drops, or in meetings in dusty back allies of third world capitals".

"Senator, it's a hypothetical", Haspel said. When I picked him up, he passed me the intelligence, and I passed him an extra $500 for the men he led.

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