Another Democratic Senator Announces Support For CIA Nominee Gina Haspel

Arturo Kim
May 14, 2018

Gina Haspel, President Trump's nominee to head the CIA, will face tough questions from senators Wednesday about her role in an agency interrogation program that was outlawed as torture.

"After careful consideration, I will support Ms. Haspel's nomination to lead the agency to which she has dedicated her career", Donnelly added.

During another high-profile confirmation fight, Trump's last-minute overture to Paul helped pave the way for Mike Pompeo to win his job as secretary of state.

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Joe Manchin of West Virginia in supporting Gina Haspel, who has faced tough questions about her tenure at the Central Intelligence Agency and alleged connections to so-called enhanced interrogation techniques and destruction of video tapes of detainee interrogations.

American national security agencies-such as the Pentagon, State Department and CIA-often complain about congressional oversight, forgetting they are not only supposed to be protecting the US territory and population, but also the way of life of those people. He says he believes she's "learned from her past". He says the program was necessary to keep the USA safe from attacks and that he doesn't think the techniques used amounted to torture.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (right) from IN announced his support on Saturday; His promised vote, along with that of Democratic Sen.

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Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona is the only other Republican who is publicly considering opposing Haspel, in part because of his respect for McCain, a former prisoner of war.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, who was tortured during almost six years of captivity during Vietnam, opposes Haspel's nomination.

Mr. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence visited IN earlier this week IN what was billed as a tax reform rally, but practically speaking was an opportunity for Mr. Trump to blast "swamp person" Donnelly for his association with the Democratic Party and voting record.

The GOP holds a 51-49 edge, and Vice President Mike Pence can break a possible tie.

McConnell, who sets the Senate's agenda, has said he looks forward to a full Senate vote soon to confirm her.

In recent days, those coming out against Haspel include independent Sen.

A true creature of the CIA's operations directorate - who revealed before the world an uncertain moral compass - Haspel displayed remarkable unawareness of what was prominently in the news in the past that bore upon controversial matters on her watch.

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