Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Central Intelligence Agency pick Haspel picks up key Dem endorsements ahead of confirmation vote

Central Intelligence Agency pick Haspel picks up key Dem endorsements ahead of confirmation vote

Similar language was employed in editorials in both the Washington Post and the New York Times, in which the two leading pro-Democratic Party newspapers opposed Haspel's nomination because she failed to declare torture immoral during her testimony before the Intelligence Committee.

"It's one thing to vote [when] John McCain is in Sedona, it's another thing to look him in the eye and tell him you're not going to vote with him", said Senator Angus King, an independent from ME who plans to vote against Haspel, told the Globe. "The United States must be an example to the rest of the world, and I support that".

"If she is confirmed, the Senate Intelligence Committee will continue to conduct thorough and vigorous oversight over the nation's intelligence agencies".

Haspel has proven to be a controversial pick for the president, over her history at the CIA and the agency's use of harsh interrogation tactics.

President Donald Trump's nominee to head the CIA now says the agency's "enhanced interrogation" program was a mistake and that the techniques critics call torture hurt the agency. Another Democrat, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, told reporters Monday that Haspel was qualified for the job and said she would make a decision after reading more documents.

Warner's vote is crucial for Haspel, given that GOP Sen.

"Ms. Haspel's involvement in torture is deeply troubling, as my friend and colleague, John McCain, so eloquently reminded us".

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is one of several lawmakers attempting to explain their hypocritical obstruction of Gina Haspel's nomination for Central Intelligence Agency director.

Haspel had assured senators last week at her confirmation hearing that in hindsight, methods such as waterboarding - viewed as torture by critics - harmed America's image in the world, and she would not restart the program. Joe Manchin (WV) and Joe Donnelly (IN). "I think what we did helped ultimately produce the intelligence we needed to be able to get (Osama) bin Laden", Cheney said. It is also not clear whether the Justice Department will provide that second report to the lawmakers before the committee votes on her nomination.

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