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Trump wrote: 'Gina Haspel did a spectacular job today.

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, is among the most sober-minded and serious members of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Feinstein's declaration comes on the heels of a similar message from Sen.

McCain announced past year that he had been diagnosed with brain cancer, and he issued a statement Wednesday calling on his fellow senators to oppose Gina Haspel, Trump's nominee for Central Intelligence Agency director, whose ties to the use of interrogation methods widely considered torture have drawn significant criticism.

"Ms. Haspel's role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing".

'Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying.

He added, "The Senate should exercise its duty of advice and consent and reject this nomination". While it's unclear what effect McCain's stance will have on Haspel's confirmation, his views carry clout as a voice of principle from the only senator now serving who has been held captive during wartime.

The 81-year-old Republican senator was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer last year and has been receiving treatment in his home state of Arizona. In mid-April, it was announced that he had been hospitalized for intestinal surgery needed to stem an infection related to diverticulitis, a condition where the colon develops small bulges that can sometimes become infected.

Soon after reports about the insulting attack, McCain's wife took to Twitter to reach out to Sadler directly.

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While they didn't reference the aide or her remark, the White House reiterated its respect for McCain's service to the U.S.

"We respect Senator McCain's service to our nation, and he and his family are in our prayers", the statement reads in part.

The Hill newspaper first reported the comment.

He played a key role in instituting the enhanced interrogation program during the Bush Administration, and has previously said he does not consider the techniques that were used used on 9/11 architect, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, as torture, because they have been applied to USA training officers. Well I don't buy that, ' Cheney said.

Haspel said US law now clearly prohibits such interrogation methods, and 'I fully support the detainee treatment required by law'. "Ms. Haspel is eminently qualified, she is widely esteemed, and she is absolutely the right person at the right moment for this position".

Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, faced a clear test when she appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday. She told senators that she doesn't believe torture works as an interrogation technique.

In 2005, the Central Intelligence Agency destroyed videotapes exposing interrogations of terror suspects in a secret prison in Thailand. There also have been questions about how she drafted a cable that her boss used to order the destruction of videotapes of interrogation sessions conducted at the site.

Sadler has yet to publicly respond, but a source said she called the senator's daughter, Meghan McCain, to apologize.

Information for this article was contributed by Karoun Demirjian of The Washington Post; and by Lisa Mascaro, Zeke Miller and Jill Colvin of The Associated Press. Most of those Democrats have pledged to oppose her nomination - though panel vice chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., who called the lack of transparency "unacceptable" in a letter to Haspel earlier this week, has yet to decide how he will vote.

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