Residents split on Central Intelligence Agency director nomination

CIA nominee Gina Haspel testifies during a confirmation hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on May 9 on Capitol Hill in Washington

Last week, Haspel faced tough questions from the Senate intelligence committee about her role in past CIA interrogations and controversial techniques, like waterboarding. "She has acted morally, ethically, and legally, over a distinguished 30-year career and is the right person to lead the Agency into an uncertain and challenging future".

While the full Senate can vote to approve Haspel's nomination as early as next week, McGovern expressed hope that the U.S. people can influence lawmakers so that they do not appoint the "torture queen" the as the spy agency's first female director.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said in a floor speech that Haspel "offered up nearly the classic Washington non-apology".

The Senate intelligence committee has recommended that the full Senate confirm President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA. "My questions about Ms. Haspel's role in the destruction of videotapes relevant to discussions occurring in Congress regarding the program have not been adequately answered". Haspel now claims the Nuremberg defense of she was just obeying orders both in supervising torture and destroying the tapes. But she reiterated her opposition to the practice in a letter sent earlier this week to the committee's senior Democrat, Mark Warner, persuading him to endorse her. Warner's support was matched by one other unnamed Democrat in the secret vote, ensuring the closely divided Senate will also be able to pass Haspel through in a vote expected as early as this week.

"With the benefit of almost 20 years of hindsight, and from your perspective as the nominee to be Director of the CIA, do you believe the Agency's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" was consistent with American values?"

Indiana Republican Todd Young tweeted last week that Haspel is "incredibly experienced and qualified", and said he looks forward to supporting her nomination.

Only two Democrats - Warner and Sen.

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On Monday, Haspel wrote a letter to Warner admitting that the controversial Central Intelligence Agency interrogation technique "ultimately did damage to our officers and our standing in the world".

Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona, are opposed to Haspel's nomination, and McCain isn't expected to be back in Washington for the vote while he battles brain cancer. She was also asked about a "black site" in Thailand.

"Torture is unacceptable, immoral and illegal".

Jeff Flake (AZ) announced Wednesday that he will be voting against Gina Haspel's nomination as CIA Director. Sen.

Beavers said senators are making a political miscalculation if they give their support to confirm a nominee "who has helped carry out torture". The split makes it crucial for Haspel to get support from the opposition to cross the 51 threshhold for confirmation. The first woman, and the first career intelligence professional since Director William Casey to lead the CIA, Haspel promises to be an excellent, apolitical and talented leader.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said the nomination was not just about Haspel, but the US grappling with its past mistakes.

Haspel's nomination has been marred by her involvement in the CIA's torture program, which involved detaining suspected terrorists without due process and using torture techniques to obtain information.

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