Trump CIA nominee: U.S. should not have undertaken harsh interrogations

Trump CIA nominee: U.S. should not have undertaken harsh interrogations

Trump CIA nominee: U.S. should not have undertaken harsh interrogations

Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly announced Saturday that he would vote to confirm Gina Haspel as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, virtually assuring that her nomination will be confirmed by the Senate when it is brought to a vote sometime in the next two weeks. But by the time he released the statement, two key swing votes on the committee, Manchin and GOP moderate Senator Susan Collins of ME, had already announced they would vote for Haspel.

She is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate as soon as next week, although that vote likely also will be close.

"The United States must send a message to the world that we hold ourselves to a higher standard than our enemies".

Warner is now the third Democrat to support Haspel's confirmation, while two Republicans have said they will oppose her.

"While I won't condemn those that made those hard calls, and I have noted the valuable intelligence collected, the program ultimately did damage to our officers and our standing in the world", Haspel said in the letter, dated May 14.

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Haspel's comments went beyond her testimony at her confirmation hearing last week, when she repeatedly refused to disavow techniques such as waterboarding as immoral or ineffective.

Warner's vote is crucial for Haspel, given that GOP Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Haspel said that the controversial methods that sought to gain information from terrorism suspects in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks "did damage to our officers and our standing in the world". Trump blasts White House leakers as "traitors" Haspel confirmation vote set for Wednesday This week: Trump heads to Capitol Hill MORE (D-Va.), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he would support her nomination.

Such unusual move former military decided because of suspicions about the possible involvement Haspel to use enhanced interrogation techniques, in other words, the torture of suspects. According to Haspel, she categorically against the resumption of this program.

"See, I think people who have actually been tortured who are saying this is not a good thing, you should listen to them because you have never been tortured", she told Trump.

Warner has not yet said how he would vote ahead of the panel's closed session Wednesday.

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