Donnelly Becomes 2nd Democrat To Support CIA Nominee Haspel

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Gina Haspel and the Enduring Questions About Torture

A leading US Republican Senator has advised his colleagues in the Senate against confirming Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee for CIA director who is accused of involvement in the agency " s torture programme.

During her Senate confirmation hearing, Haspel faced tough questions about the part she played in the post-9/11 Bush administration torture regime, specifically her roles overseeing a "black site" in Thailand and destroying tapes that showed brutal Central Intelligence Agency interrogations.

Republicans do have a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate. Harris has since said she will vote against Haspel's confirmation. McCain is not expected to be in Washington for the vote later this month as he battles an aggressive form of brain cancer.

"I think the techniques we used were not torture". No Democrats have come out in favor of Haspel. Haspel had previously been serving as deputy director. Even if they all oppose her and Flake joins the opposition, Haspel should have 50 votes for her confirmation.

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During her confirmation hearing before the Senate, Haspel said she would not restart the interrogation programs used in the past and would resist any efforts from the president to implement the tactics into the USA war on terror once again. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. "Senators and the public need to know more about her record".

"Ms. Haspel, what the committee must hear is your own view" of the program, Sen. So, politically, U.S. Sen. Moreover, she was responsible for the destruction of videotapes of torture sessions.

"Torturing people is immoral, and it's something we shouldn't do".

"It was not her decision to destroy the tapes", Morell wrote in the declassified memo.

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Donnelly's "yes" vote for Haspel seems to be a similarly transparent effort to reassure Hoosiers that he can work across party lines.

It's time she put more on the table than her spy novel stories. "You talk about something great in our country, it's the presumption of innocence". "Or was she an eager participant in this dark chapter in our history?" From 2011-2012, Haspel served as chief of station in a "classified location".

Haspel was a wily witness at her confirmation hearing. During her time under Bush, she participated in the interrogation program that the George W. Bush administration rolled out after 911.

The report said torture techniques - including waterboarding, sleep deprivation and chaining prisoners in painful positions in cold, dark dungeons - did little to elicit valuable information or save American lives.

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